My 5 Advent Calendars

Hey y’all! I’m sorry I’ve not posted more often this week.  I ended up leaving my computer charger at home on accident and it’s the final week of my online class that I took for fun, so I’ve been busy with a paper and final assignments.

Anyway, seeing that we’re now a week into Advent, I thought I would share some ways that I prepare for the Christmas season.  Some of these calendars I’ve used since I was a child and some are new this year.

The first one is something I’ve had since childhood.  This little tree used to be a music box that would play “Oh Christmas Tree” but that part of it stopped working a few years ago.  Regardless, every day has a little drawer to open with a mini ornament to hang on the tree.  It’s a fun simple way to decorate and countdown to Christmas!

The next two are my way of keeping Jesus as the main reason for this Advent season.  I’ve used the Magnificat for Lent the past few years so I decided to get their Advent Companion this year.  I also picked up the Little Blue Book from my church last Sunday and it is working its way through the infancy narrative in the book of Matthew.

This next one is another that I have had since childhood.  After seeing the Nutcracker with my friends, I decided to pull out this old Christmas countdown.  Everyday there’s a little book to read with a part of the Nutcracker story in it.  By Christmas Eve, you will have read the whole story.  They double as little ornaments that you can add to the tree!

My final Advent calendar is a classic daily chocolate calendar that my roommates and I bought for the house.  It’s just a fun way to remember that Christmas is coming soon!

What do you do for Advent?  I’d love to get more ideas to use either this year or next!!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas [Part 2]

Happy December y’all!  I spent the weekend at the Nutcracker and my Dad’s Chorus’ Christmas show, so I am fully in the Christmas spirit!  Both shows were absolutely amazing!  I also helped my mom decorate the house so I thought I would share with you what we did so you can have some more decorating inspiration!  If you didn’t catch Part I of this series, check it out here!

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Brief History of Thanksgiving and My List of Gratitude

One of the things on my fall bucket list was to read up on the history of Thanksgiving.  We learned about it in school as children, but as time goes by, we forget some of the details.  So I read up on the 1621 harvest feast.

Thanksgiving as we know it today is a compilation of many different traditions that have been around for centuries.  What we think of as the “first Thanksgiving” is actually far from it.  There have been harvest festivals to give thanks all over the world!

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I’m Moving Home and That’s Okay

I wanted to take some time on this lovely Monday to get a little personal.  I graduated college in May 2016, but I’m still living in my college town.  The questions I always seem to get are:

So what are you doing now?

Where are you working?

What do you plan to do with your life?

 

Woah! Hold the phone.  Slow down.  I’m only twenty two, I don’t have to have it all figured out yet.  In the words of Taylor Swift, “we’re happy free confused and lonely in the best way.”  It’s a time to figure out who I am and who I want to be.

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