Life has been nuts lately (as you might have noticed from my lack of posting…), but we are starting to settle down a bit. From the 3rd of December until now, we have attended multiple Christmas parties, deep cleaned our LIFE, watched sweet friend’s little ones, made cookies with awesome neighbors, Christmas shopped-wrapped-created, watched the snow fall faster-harder-thicker, our baby grow up and enjoyed the company of good friends. Phew!
But all-in-all, this has been an incredible month.
We have made both new memories and kept some old...
Here is a little taste of an Alaskan Thornbury Christmas!
1. New: we cut down our own tree!
3. Made a cookie platter for the neighbors! YUM YUM!
After this Christmas, we have decided we are going to start a new family tradition of how Christmas goes down.
As you will see on my craft update portion (to be posted later), I made an advent calendar (did I get to use it this year? Of course not… maybe next season). In each pocket/envelope, there is something to think about/focus on to remind us the true meaning of the season: Christ and Us.
Yes, us. This season is about us because Jesus came for us: his people. People then, people now, people to come. He came to give us true life and hope in Him. We should really take time to savor that in this season and worship Him for His great sacrifice to come for us at all. He had it good where he was.
On with the advent calendar idea….
Our nativity has remained empty up until this point. The figures are all in bags that hang on the calendar. Since we have failed to do one daily, we took each one out this morning and, after the Christmas story, we discussed how each relate to the Christmas story and how we can learn something from each. It was a lot of fun to get the responses we did from one another (especially since my husband is such a goof ball! Always an interesting response at stake….)
We also decided to also put our gifts under the nativity so we can better remember why we can celebrate these blessings in JOY! It was a great idea since our shelves are so empty anyways.
Afterwards, we made coffee cake and started listening to some John Piper teachings that my brother-in-law sent us. It was really good… before we had to turn it off to grab our little baby, who finally woke up! It was great!