Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Daily// Days 1-3

Today I was reading my dear friend Cami's blog and she mentioned December Daily, a project that she'll be blogging throughout the month of December. Her post really got me thinking. I've fallen into a big writing rut lately and why not push through and hopefully pull myself out of that rut by doing December Daily as well?

So...what is December Daily, you might ask?

Well....basically, December Daily was created by Ali Edwards and the gist behind it is that everyday you take a small amount of time to document your December, your advent season....your anticipation celebrations and your Christmas. Some folks create gorgeous scrapbooks, while other's document digitally. I think for me, I've decided that I'll  post everyday of December a bit of our family story. I love how sharing in this space helps me think back on all of the sweet moments of the day and keeping my camera handy to capture our life, helps me be more aware of the joy in our everyday.

So, seeing as it's the 3rd and this is December daily, I have a bit of catch up to do.

December 1st
Having one of those little calendars with a chocolate for each day until Christmas, was one of my husband's favorite childhood December traditions. So, of course he feels like we should carry that tradition on with our kids. December 1st, we all opened our first square after dinner. Yes, we ALL did. You better believe that if my kids get a chocolate everyday, so do I.
That evening, we also opened our first Advent Pocket. Back in 2012, I sewed these little burlap pouches, hoping that it would be a tradition that would really grab the hearts of our kids. Each pocket has a small paper with something special for us to do written on it.

I'm trying to plan a few fun activities and also plan lots of simple ways for us to serve others during this season, or focus on the real meaning of the season.

The kids were really excited to take the paper out of the first pocket. For this first night, I printed out some simple nativity coloring pages and planned that we'd all color together at the table.
The kids loved doing this as a family and I can't remember the last time I colored with my husband. He's actually much better than I thought he was!
December 2
This was a MOPS day for us and I was scheduled to do the devotion. Up until the very last minute, I didn't really know what God wanted me to share. Late the night before, I decided that I'd share simply what's been on my heart lately and hopefully some people would be able to relate.

It would be a long post to write it all out, but in a nutshell, God has been showing me that I need to take the false expectations out of this season and simply learn how to enjoy things just the way they are. So often we have this idea of what Christmas is supposed to look like, what we're supposed to do, how we're supposed to feel. When real life doesn't match up with that picture in our head, it can be quite disappointing. So, instead of having these pictures of how things are "supposed" to be, maybe we can instead learn to love what is the RIGHT NOW.

Our Advent Pocket for December 2nd was for the kids to bake cookies with me for homegroup. They had a blast crushing up candy canes for the White Chocolate Candy Cane cookies that we made.
December 3
Today was one of those days where things just seemed to flow right. I think this is largely due to the fact that I got up before the kids and got my quiet time in, which I've not been doing so well with lately. When the mornings are so dark and cold, I just want to sleep, but without fail, our days are ALWAYS better when I'm up early.
I was given this devotional book  yesterday at MOPS and I can't even tell you how much I love it. Each day is short, but so right on point. If you're feeling like you'd like to go through a specific book in December, I highly recommend this one. It's not too late! Find it here.
Right after breakfast, the kids wanted to play outside for awhile. I had big plans that we'd do school together, but I can't argue with them when they want to be out there together. After they got cold, we did a few little projects together and then we met some friends at the playground.

For our Advent activity tonight, I made a video of the kids singing some Christmas songs and we sent it to their cousins.

I hope this little look into the beginning of our December encourages you to love this season and to make it your own.

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