It’s been a crafting and “Christmasing” sort of week-end here! Our brand new Advent Calendar (beautifully crafted by my husband) went up on Sunday. We’ve started decorating and put up the outdoor lights. The house is so much more festive now. I’ve been busy making my first peg gnomes and fairies for Little Miss and knitting and sewing miniature blankets and pillows. I totally see how addictive making those darling little figurines are. I had such a blast! The tree house and mini-furniture my husband is building for the peg “people” are coming along well and Little Man’s Busy Board is slowly coming to life. But more on that later!
We had not been Advent observing people until this year. Honestly, the reason why was that I didn’t really agree with giving sweets to my kids everyday waiting for Christmas. I know now that there are other ways of making that tradition our own, but last year, the chocolate filled cardboard displays were all I had really known. After much discussion and inspiration all around, we decided on an experience-based calendar filled with crafts, family outings, songs, popcorn bowl movie nights, a few new books and some good deeds to also include a chance to cultivate and practice some compassion into this time of year (Thank you Kim for taking our idea to the next level).
Little Miss was more than excited to find that the first Advent calendar surprise for crafts with mom this morning was putting together her and her brother’s letter to Santa. We asked for one small surprise each and then asked that he be generous with all the children that are less fortunate. She surprised me by dictating a whole section on her year, about how she had gone to the Zoo for her birthday and on how she was hoping to work with animals someday. It was a lovely and exciting time : She drew pictures and decorated the envelope with stickers. We will be walking to the mail box at the end of the day.
I’m feeling uplifted this year… it use to be that the holidays were a weight, something to be stressed about, something to dread. Although I always enjoyed the tree, decorations, music and baking, there was almost a fear of the “big day” itself. I’ve mentioned more than once now that I’m really not a “stuff” person. I’ve always been a person that has valued experiences and adventures… stuff that lives forever in our hearts instead of a few months in our hands. This feeling became more and more heavy when I had kids. It was hard to explain to people why I didn’t want all the toys, the plastic, the gadgets and the Disney stuff. But the older my kids get, the more my life choices are settling in with people around me, it’s become better and clearer. And for the first time in a long time, I’m really looking forward to the holidays this year.
Happy December everyone! Wishing you peace of heart and peace of mind for this last stretch of 2014.