I'm so excited that we can "officially" start our countdown to Christmas...although honestly, I've had my little counter thingy ticking down since before Thanksgiving! I just love this time of year so much. Last night I was listening to Family Life Today with Dennis and Barbara Rainey (it's a great show and it comes on right after Adventures in Odyssey, which is what we usually listen to during dinner) and they were talking about how to make this advent season meaningful. One of the suggestions they said was reading 1 chapter of Luke each day (since there are 24 chapters), so we're going to go with that...and I'm going to hunt around and see what I can find to make this season extra special. I always have high hopes for the Christmas season...and of course I want to keep our focus on Jesus and the gift that He is...but I also want to work hard on creating memories for me and my children this season. Each year I strive for so much, and each season I fall short. I always seem to put things off..."next year will be better...", but as someone pointed out to me, one day I'm going to wake up and my children will be grown and these sweet "wonder years" will be past. I don't want to take them for granted. I want to make THIS the best Christmas season ever, and then continue to build on the traditions we start this year, so when my children look back over their childhood and think of the Christmas season, they are filled with joy...and they know that we put Jesus at the center of our celebration.
**Photos to follow soon**