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I always tell my kids that part of the fun of Christmas is
the anticipation. 


They are very
skeptical.  Yet every year, they look
forward to the Advent calendar, which is a countdown to Christmas anyway you
look at it.  Its very purpose is to build
anticipation for the miracle of Christmas morning.  I suppose I could try to explain this to
them, but why bother?  Instead, I hang
the Advent calendar every year and we methodically count down the days.


The wonderful thing about an Advent calendar is that while
they create excitement over the main event, they have their own little bits of
magic and inspiration built in on a daily basis.  My kids like the Advent calendar because
there are treats involved.  I like it
because it’s a daily reminder to slow down and savor the season, to move
inwardly rather than outwardly, to stop and reflect and to enjoy.

I am not such a curmudgeon that I don’t like candy treats,
but let’s be honest—today’s child has a never-ending supply of sweet treats,
and candy isn’t what they’re going to remember when they are old and grey.  What they remember and what we all need more
of are good, old-fashioned traditions that allow us to connect to one another
and ourselves during this most sacred time of year.

Rather than pre-packaged candy, I fill our Advent calendar
with experiences like moonlit walks in our pajamas, hot cocoa by the fire and
paper gratitude chains.  Each day, we
pull a piece of paper from our calendar and do the activity that’s listed.  It’s been a great way for me to fit in all
the things that are so important in my mind but that so often have a way of
falling off the radar once the holiday rush is upon us.

This particular tradition has been so enjoyable, I decided
this year to share it with everyone reading the blog.  If you sign up for my free newsletter, you
will receive an email each day with little bits of magic and holiday spirit
along with activities and ideas that you can use to brighten the Christmas
season.  This is not only for moms or
families; this is for anyone who is or who ever was a child at heart.  It’s for anyone looking to connect with other
people during the holidays.  It’s for
those who want to slow down and remember what makes this time of year so
special.  It’s for anyone who wants a
daily dose of the Christmas spirit.

All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter and
beginning, Sunday, Dec. 2, I’ll send you a “small gift” every day until
Christmas.  I’ll also be hosting a closed
Facebook group for those of us who would like to connect with others in the
group, share ideas and spread a little Christmas joy.

 


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Enter your name and email address here for little bits of holiday magic in your inbox this Advent season. Merry Christmas!

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