Advent Day Three: Dance to Christmas Music

Welp, not all advent activities can be as romantic or successful as the rest.  I woke up this morning with an ugly cold that landed me on the couch most of the day, and advent activity #3 was supposed to be “dance to Christmas music.” This isn’t so appealing when your head is pounding. LydiaContinue reading “Advent Day Three: Dance to Christmas Music”

Advent Day Two: Read a Christmas Book

Each year, opening the Christmas boxes releases magic in our house. The homemade ornaments, treasured angels and globes, snowmen mugs and dishes, candles, Christmas lights, stocking hangers, wreath, and so on cause eruptions of “Oh! Look at this!” from the kids, and honestly, from me, too.  I find myself picking up ornaments and carrying themContinue reading “Advent Day Two: Read a Christmas Book”

Advent: The First Candle (Poem)

In November, our lips trembledwith the breath of winter etched in frost across the windows. We gazed at dawn’s arrival casting bands of icy glitter on brass and copper oak leaves holding tight to frozen branches, as if they could stop the turnof seasons, suspend the spinof Earth around the sun, butnothing can slow thisContinue reading “Advent: The First Candle (Poem)”

Advent Day One: Make Hot Cocoa

December 1: Make Hot CocoaI loooooove hot chocolate, but the mix stuff leaves a horrible corn syrup aftertaste in my mouth and frankly gives me the McGurgles.  It made me so sad the first time I tried some after our diet change.  So today, we’re trying paleo hot chocolate.  I grabbed this recipe from EasyContinue reading “Advent Day One: Make Hot Cocoa”

Advent Calendar and Writing

The Advent season starts December 1, and I’m nipping at the bit.  I love this season. The kids and I made an advent calendar that I stole from Pinterest (gah. one more addiction to battle.) and combined with our Nativity story books.  Each day has a different activity on it for December leading up toContinue reading “Advent Calendar and Writing”