We love this time of year....
The kids just couldn't wait to begin decorating for Christmas this year. We began our Advent reading on Sunday, but the decorating seemed to keep falling by the wayside. Well, last night we finally took the time to begin the decorating, and boy, did we have a wonderful time.
So, we put on the Christmas music and just watched the kids beam with excitement as they helped trim the tree!
Once we finished putting up all of the decorations, it was time to head to the table for the night's reading of Jotham's Journey, this year's Advent story. Of course, no night of decorating and Advent reading would be complete without hot chocolate and cider!
We look forward to this every year! For those of you not familiar with the Advent stories, I'll tell you a bit about them. This wonderful trilogy (by Arnold Ytreeide) begins with Jotham's Journey, then Bartholomew's Passage, and ends with Tabitha's Travels. Each story is filled with adventure and cliffhangers that eventually lead up to the birth of Jesus, which is read Christmas day! We have read all three and have started over, this year, with Jotham's Journey. The whole family looks forward to these stories each year and this year was certainly no exception. So, we gathered around the table and listened to day three's adventure while sipping (or chugging) our hot cocoa and cider. I am most certain that this tradition is one that our children will look forward to passing on to their children.
"Stir us up, O Lord, to make ready for your only-begotten Son. May we be able to serve you with purity of soul through the coming of Him who lives and reigns."