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.

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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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