November 29th, 2011
With the weekend’s turkey-eating festivities slowly fading into a tryptophan-blurred memory, I’m launching headfirst into the Christmas season. I love Christmas. I love the ornaments and caroling and sledding parties and cookies and reindeer and lights. It makes me all tingly.
This Advent, I’m feeling a strong desire to get intentional about building our Christmas traditions, as Miss Mouse is old enough to enjoy all the activities of the season. What I want to guard against, however, is Christmas-overload. The holidays can get frenetic so easily and you can wind up cranky and fried by Christmas morning. I want to be sure that our celebrations and activities are focused around what’s most important to me: making memories with my family.
I’ll be posting some of our activities in a series I’m calling “Advent Unplugged.” It’s a reminder to me that the holidays are about more than the TV specials which are becoming increasingly prolific by the year. We’re a pretty unplugged family most of the time anyways, and during the holidays, I think this central family value will serve us well, allowing us to spend more time baking cookies, decking the halls, and having impromptu Christmas carol dance parties. I want more magic and less stress in my holidays this year.
So come along with me as we celebrate the season!