The holidays are the most special time of the year for my family. So much so, that I begin planning for it the summer before the holiday. One thing I begin thinking about is advent calendars. Each of our two married children and our seven grandchildren have large cloth advent calendars with little pockets for each day of the month, and throughout the fall, I look for special items to put in each pocket. I deliver the calendars to each of the families at Thanksgiving.
For us, the Christmas Eve church service signifies the beginning our family Christmas celebration. I enjoy being with family and friends and singing Christmas carols. And then I can’t wait until Christmas morning when my grandkids finally get to tear open the gifts under the tree that have been taunting them all month. This year my son is preparing Christmas dinner (with a little help from me), and our family will spend the entire day together. [Read more…]