We've been going strong with our Advent calendar activities these past couple of weeks. Surprisingly, we've done pretty well accomplishing most of the activities we plan for each day. Here are a few highlights of how we celebrated the Advent season ...
We read the Christmas story from the book of Luke in the Bible. Although the kids listened (well, mostly listened), I think they prefer their version from the Jesus Storybook Bible. That's ok, at least we know they understand the story.
We went to breakfast with Santa at the kids' preschool and we also visited a live nativity at one of our local churches. The goats were a hit.
We also got a bit crafy and made some Christmas tree crafts. Johnny came to visit with elf donuts one morning and we got to make snowmen donuts of our own later that afternoon.
Other fun activities included spending time with grandparents, watching some Christmas movies, shopping for food to take to the local food pantry, and a Christmas scavenger hunt that spanned the entire campus at Daddy's work! In the last few days, we've gotten to make our gingerbread houses too.
Tonight we're off to volunteer at Christmas for the City in downtown Winston Salem. We had a great get together with our small group a few days ago to make cookies for the event. The kids are excited to get into the Christmas spirit tonight (if it's even possible to be more into the spirit than they are now) and share some fun and fellowship with people from all over the city.
As a side note, I wanted to express how saddened I am by the tragedy of the school shooting last week in Connecticut. I know we are all constantly lifting up prayers for those who are suffering, and I pray that we will continue to remember them once all of the media attention has died down and they are all still left with empty holes in their hearts. I truly cannot imagine their pain, but I know that we live in a world where love and hope can overcome all evil. As if I should even need a reminder, Friday's events have me hugging my kids tighter and savoring moments with them than much more.
Hug someone you love today, you won't regret it.