Little Things: Advent


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“New” thrifted wreath I bought after Christmas last year. Deer in a bottle brush tree forest on the mantel. Thrifted tin stars, painted gold. Favorite angels. Manger scene and poinsettia from Dad.


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Some festiveness while Tom was in Nicaragua: gingerbread men, decorating the tree, watching Polar Express with hot chocolate, making snowman pizza, watching Elf with Colleen. That picture of Eliza with the cookie- seeing that was the first time I ever thought about her looking like mom.

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A super fun night. After the kids were in pjs we asked them if they wanted to go look at lights. After a very excited response, we drove a looong way to Alum Creek State Park for the light show + UDF candy cane and eggnog shakes on the car on the way back. Great night.

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Tom and I got to go to an Indian restaurant for the RMM Christmas dinner and the kids meanwhile had a great time making pinecone forests with the Showalter family- with a bonus sleepover with Rachel at our house afterward. The night before was Claire’s choir concert- she did a great job!

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Our friend Caleb came over for honey baked chicken and yahtzee.

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Claire built and painted a pinewood derby car for races in math class on a big track. Her watermelon car made the semifinals! Woot!


An unexpected power outage that led to a few cozy hours of candlelight, tea, and reading. The girls fulfilled their wish of carrying lit candles up the stairs just like the girls in Little Women.

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All three kids were a part of the church Christmas program- The Advent Tree. Eliza as Mary, Silas as a wiseman (he kept talking about how wise he felt), and Claire as a reader.

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After the last day of school and right before our big road trip to VA/DE, we had the beginning of our family Christmas at Cracker Barrel and opening gifts (we saved stockings and a long Christmas day for new years back at home). It was such a fun, special night. I love Eliza’s face in that last picture while Claire read our advent book…”Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas” by Ann Voskamp.

This year has felt like the most calm and peaceful and relaxed Christmas season we’ve had in a long time. I always have a hard time striking the balance between having fun and enjoying the festiveness and really keeping Jesus in sight and having times of true, meaningful worship as a family. Keeping things pared down this year helped.


One thought on “Little Things: Advent

  1. caelbe says:

    Love that wreath!! And the Merry Christmas display!!

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