Advent plans; our girls are enjoying it, especially the older one. The little one is still to little to really get into some of it, but I think we have a good balance this year for both of them to enjoy it.
Today we had an unusual opportunity. My husband got off work early, so we picked up the girls from school together and headed over to our local convention center. They were having a Festival of Trees to raise money for a local organization. I'd say there were about 50 trees on display, each decorated uniquely. Some in memory of a loved one, others as an advertisement for a company. The girls REALLY enjoyed looking at all the different styles. I was surprised at my older daughter's interest to identify the states by their shape and 2 character abbreviations, she wanted to look at every one of them! I loved one that was designed in Southeast Asian theme, with bright colors, and 3 Asian umbrellas on top. I really should have taken pictures, but I was so into the family time and soaking in the design ideas.
Another thing I wanted to share with you is a book I recently had the pleasure of winning! It ties right in with our goal to focus on Christ and giving to others in need. And, ironically, it arrived soon enough that we will fit it into our "new book" night on the 15th, so this will eliminate the need for us to purchase one. The book is The King's Christmas List.
We have mostly the same tree and mantle as last year. Not a whole lot of change, although I may have eliminated or added a couple of things and organized it differently. Here's a link to last year's pictures.
I would love to hear if you're doing anything special for the Christmas season! Please post a comment and share!