Merry Christmas Eve…Eve!

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The eve of Christmas Eve!  Yes!  Right now I’m feeling the old saying “as slow as Christmas” does not apply.  Even though I have been intentional about stopping and taking time to enjoy the moments/days lately they still seem to zoom by!  I’m subscribing to the saying “time flies when you’re having fun“…

Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

Carriage rides on cool nights around our town square…

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Visiting fire stations to donate toys for tots…

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Attending Holiday concerts featuring the amazing and talented cellist, Cady!

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Creating salt dough ornaments with glitter…lots of glitter…  What can I say, ’tis the season for sparkling things!

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Candlelight dinners with our favorite Christmas records…

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Classic Christmas movies and even better family conversations… (I love the look on the big kids’ faces…)

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Visits with Santa…

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Family movie nights to see THE MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!! (Star Wars…)

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Fresh baked cookies and the games we are all addicted to – Fibbage and Drawful.

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Challenges to create Lego nativities… I don’t know why Milo insists on Chewbacca being involved.

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Our Christmastime puzzle… I think we broke a record this year… Matt and I (with a little help from the kids) finished this one in less than 24 hours!

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Making holiday gifts for friends & family… (the bigs made homemade granola and it was SO yummy!)

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We are finishing up all the advent activities today and tomorrow.  For the first time in over a decade we won’t be having our “Asian Dinner” on Christmas Eve this year.  We’ll have it tonight.  Gage will be working late at church tomorrow night so going a day early will work better.

We’ll also spend time reading The Night before Christmas, continuing our streak of family game nights and welcoming more family and friends.  My heart is excited about church services tomorrow night with tiny candles and traditional carols – I always tear up.  Silent Night gets me every.single.time.  I’ve got big plans for a Christmas morning breakfast casserole and an even yummier baked ham dinner.  It will be an awesome time with family.

I hope your Christmas is full of beauty and peace… gratefulness and perspective.  And because I probably won’t check-in before, Happy New Year.  See you in 2016!

Merry Christmas!

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