December is here. It is hard to believe. No snow. No cold weather. It is almost like a long long fall around here. But the date is here for sure. MT have told me over and over. He can not wait to go down tomorrow to find the Advent calendar I made a couple years ago (thanks to a blog post from Stacy. Thank you Stacy! This has been a favorite of ours, I have even made a few gifts like this to friends and family too. So fun!).
In this calendar we each day have a snippet of the Christmas story on one tag and on the other tag there is a Today sentement and the a couple of things we are going to do. Mostly these are things that we are going to do together.
On December 1st we are going to church for Sunday School on a Thursday and later we are going to find some thin sheets of paper and make snow flakes to put up in our kitchen window to give this not-so-ready-for-the-season-to-begin-house a flying start I guess that it is MT that is going to do the major part of the snow flake creation as I plan to read out loud to him from one of the last chapters of Harry Potter and the prisoner from Azkaban.
My orginal plan was to start reading one of our favorite Advent book as soon as Dec. 1st rolled around, but we just can not put down the Harry Potter book right now, we (as in MT, I have already read it three times since the book was published) need to know how it will end! And then we can find the Advent book and use the Sunday (that is my one weekend off before New Years weekend) to read us up a few chapters, no worries if we miss a day or two.
I know MT love this calendar. But he also loves to get a little something too, so every day later in the day (after school) he is going to find a bag hidden somewhere in the house (he has to work some, don’t you think) for him to find and once in a while there are going to be candy or a little gift in there, most days there are going to be a figure from our nativity and there might also be something he need to finish the task of the day. I hope that he will find it just as fun as he has found it earlier year. And this way I don’t have to have it all planned out from the start of the month, and can make it happen as we go along.
I have also my December Daily to work on and take photos for. I’m sure I’m going to fall behind, but last year I almost got it finished (still have a few pages to get in place, but are planning to finish that up while I go along with the other album for this December), so I have big hopes for this year too. I know I will fall behind, though, that is just what I tend to do, at least when it comes to blogging about it. But I will embrace that and be joyfully happy for every word and every photo that get put in the album on this busy season. Wish me luck will you?
And if you are doing December Daily as well (I know a lot are doing that!) please do not be shy putting a link to your blog or photos here, there are always so much inspiration in looking how others are celebrating the season and documenting their every day at this time of the year.
I feel almost ready to welcome the season right now. Snow or no snow!