Each day has a small brown envelopes which contain an activity and a Bible verse.
I painted each number each year and then decorated with a small sticker. Where was the time?!
This looks so much bigger than it actually is. Also, I did not put out my favorite ornaments for fear that the tree would get bumped off the table.
5. Decorating Cookies - This will get done...at some point! 6. Looking at Christmas Lights - Also....at some point! 7. Sitting on Santa's Lap - Is it horrible that I have tried to figure out how to get out of doing this??? The list could go on and on, sigh.... What I have learned: I think my kids are just as happy cuddling up on the couch and watching "Home Alone" or making hot chocolate than all of the other Pinterest ideas I have piled onto my shoulders. Yes, my Advent Calendar / Countdown has been amazing in the past but it definitely did not work this year. I think I need to re-access and pick only the traditions that truly mean a lot to our family. Ahhh, I feel better about next year all ready! Here's to Christmas 2014! ***There was one more tradition this year and I hope it does continue. My mom and I took my daughter to see The Nutcracker. :) It was a fun girly afternoon!
Hopefully in a couple of years she will be performing! No pressure.... :)
When we slow down and pause, we are reminded the true reason for the season and that is Jesus and family. Neither of which should involve stress, hustle, or bustle.
Now if I can just remember this post next year... :)