|"Marian" by John|
We enjoyed our Kindness and Thankful stockings again this year.... so grateful for this fun tradition of serious joy. During Advent, the kids get to stock their stockings with notes (or pictures) of what they love or what they're grateful for or sometimes, invitations to private tea parties after homework is done. At our Christmas celebration today, we read all the notes and then we pay the kids for every note, plus a little.... and that's their gift giving fund to give away together. We ran out this afternoon to buy one snazzy China gift for one fantastic (biggest) cousin! Still more fun ahead to give the rest of it to more needs. We get to celebrate our Savior King's birth by giving gifts to Him!
I doubt many of you have finished up your family Christmas's yet, so I'll try not to spoil the end of Unwrapping the Greatest Gift for you.... but my favorite of all the whole book is the bottom of the second to last page. Enjoy it when you get there, friends.
|oh so terribly grateful for this tradition.... candlelight advent readings and sweets and our Jesse Tree banner. I'm deeply grateful to the Lord for Ann Voskamp's Christmas words and inspiration.|
We leave well before morning for 2+ days of travel (2 planes and 28 hours of train) til more Christmas with more family. (We're wildly excited!!!)