Advent, Day 7: No Room at the Inn

12 - December1

Still my favorite Christmas activity, hands-down. This is a candle-lit display of 400+ nativity sets at a nearby church and the whole event is just so inviting. Soft lighting, music, cookies, cider & coffee, and volunteers who are passionate about the nativity sets…PLUS volunteers who are passionate about kids! Just like last year, I took my time going through the displays and still the kids wouldn’t hear of leaving when I came back for them. The couple in charge of the play area told me my children were ‘so sweet and wonderful’ and sent me on another lap.


The Continuing Advent Diaries

Day 4

If the goal of the Advent activities is to get myself in the Christmas spirit by doing Christmas-y things each day, then I’m at least attempting to continue on. As for including the whole family…not so much today. I meant to have the kids help me bake cookies, I really did, but it was going pretty well as a solo project, they were having fun playing together, and my mood had been on thin ice for awhile so I didn’t want to upset the status quo. Sometimes the best plan is for everybody (especially mom) to stay in their corners and not antagonize each other.

Day 5

Umm. The kids’ involvement in this one was eating the red and green cake balls I brought home from a little coffee & chat thing my mom and I went to at church. I enjoyed myself and they appreciated the treats, so…win.

Day 6

An actual thing! The annual women’s Christmas tea! I’m kicking myself for not getting a three-generation picture (my mom, me, Margaret & Eleanor), or many pictures at all, but I kind of let documentation go this year to reduce stress. It was a lovely morning, though, and I love that Margaret has attended every year since she was born. Hopefully Eleanor will, too!

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