Advent 2009: Expectation

Early dawn peeks in through a crack between the window curtains; you roll over and pull the covers over your head. You don’t want to get out of bed, but then your heart flutters and your breath catches — It’s Christmas morning! You’re up out of bed in a flash, running down the hall in your snowman jammies and sock feet thinking, Did Santa come? Are there presents yet? You shout through the house, “Momma! Momma! Wake up it’s Christmas morning!” Remember what Christmas was like as a child? The wonder, the excitement, the joy of it all? Something so

Advent 2009 ~ The King is Coming!

I’m sitting and thinking about Advent today (today being the first day of the holiday,) preparing and getting ready to both blog about it and also celebrate it with my family over the next six weeks. If you read any of my Advent posts last year, you know that this is a big deal for me. This is my absolute favorite time of year! I have always loved Christmas, and the more I learned about the tradition of Advent several years ago, the more it resonated with my soul. Every year I embrace this wholeheartedly ~ YES, this is how

Like the Turkey– I AM STUFFED!

Except that we didn’t actually stuff our turkey, but that is beside the point! We did have a really great week this week and we spent a lot of time with my husband’s family lives nearby. We had turkey lunch on Thursday and then we had the BIG turkey spread on Saturday because of my father-in-law’s work schedule. Twice the turkey. Twice the dressing. Twice the pumpking pie. YUM! While we were doing all of that, my charity donation giveaway ended and tomorrow when I get a chance to sit down, I’m going to be making a donation to the

Keeping Perspective Through The Holidays

Advent! It’s right around the corner, and I have to confess I got a little giddy when I realized there is less than a month until we put up our Christmas tree! Advent, meaning “Coming” is the season between Thanksgiving and the Day of Epiphany on January 6th when we celebrate Jesus’ birth and 2nd coming for more than a whole month! SO. EXCITING. It’s probably pretty obvious that we are not Catholic, and you might be a little confused since many people associate Advent with Catholic holidays. But, Y’ALL…I REALLY get into this! Celebrating Advent, celebrating Christ’s coming and

Our FAVORITE Christmas Story

No, it’s not A Christmas Carol, though that IS a classic. And it isn’t Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend or The Legend of the Candy Cane, though those are great stories, too. No, our favorite Christmas Story is one that most people probably haven’t heard of: The Christmas Lizard by Corey Edwards. The Christmas Lizard is a story about a pet lizard, Oscar, who was given as a Christmas gift one year, and his experiences with his first Christmas on the following year. The lizard has many questions about Christmas and late one night sets off

Advent: Keeping Christ in Christmas, Christmas Morning

In years past, despite our efforts to maintain focus throughout the holiday season, despite whatever plans and preparations we went through, Christmas morning still seemed to come and go without so little as a passing thought of why we were really celebrating. I remember feeling disappointed and spent when it was all through. The flurry and bustle of the gift-giving, discarding the papers and bags, the ribbons and bows, tearing away to find what treasure lay beneath – only to cast it aside in lieu of the next treasure waiting to be discovered — it was crazy. You might think