I don't know.... I think that the build up to Christmas might just be more fun than actually getting to Christmas!
I read in a magazine that someone keeps a sign hung during the holidays to remind them that 'the joy is in the journey' and mentally, I hung the very same words in my heart and have had such a lovely month! It saved me from unneeded stress and ridiculous expectations and very often reminded me to stop and purposefully look - notice - appreciate - all the wonderful things happening around me - things that should not be missed! (For example, my two eldest boys arguing about the very best way to decorate the family tree and, then, peeking in and seeing the captive fir trussed up tight! I mean, I might have missed it if I hadn't stopped and considered! ;-) )
It's a wonderful thing to be alive in the moment!
Anyway, this month....
I've sung in an all acapella Christmas concert with our community choir!
I've decked a few halls!
I've spent some priceless time making memories with my family!!!! (FUN! =D)
We had our annual Christmas open house!
My young friend, Kyrionna, from up the road came and we spent the afternoon making gingerbread houses from scratch - giggled quite a bit and discussed Doris Day! (She didn't know who she was - gasp! We'll save Bing Crosby till next time. ;-) )
We've shopped for trees, shopped for presents, read in our advent book and opened the doors in the calendar, made cookies, falalaaaed, helped out with the live nativity and, tonight, we just had our Christmas Vesper's Service at church and I sang 'Oh, Holy Night!' It was a beautiful time!
...and, I've had a lot of time to pray and to reflect, this month!
Now, the excitement mounts for my boys and the feast approaches!
~ It's all really, really just wonderful, isn't it?! ~
Anyway, I have just a very few scattered pictures....
The day of the solstice was beautiful but stormy!
The Open House
(not a good moment for me to attempt photography! =/)
Santa came! ;-)
building a Thomas the Tank Engine track all over the family room!
I'm wishing you, also, the very Christmas that you wish yourself!!!
Extra hugs and smiles to you and yours at this Christmas-time!