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A Very Crafty Christmas

This past week has been filled with crafting with friends, in secret, and into the wee hours of the night. It’s been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun putting so much meaning into our family celebrations this year. The kids are loving making gifts for each other and have even started […]

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Silent Night

Trying to remember to breathe today (and go to bed earlier). The dishes are piled up in the sink, there are gifts to be wrapped, mailed, made, and bought, not to mention the two baskets of laundry that need folding (and the Christmas cards that need addressing!). For the moment, I’m giving my self permission […]

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Advent Update

We’re halfway through Advent now, and here’s a look back at what we did during week two: We hung the kids’ stockings up and put out some cookies and carrots for St. Nicholas day. Traditionally children put out their shoes, but we decided to do the stockings to help separate Santa from Christmas this year. […]

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Advent Update

Lighting the Advent wreath is one of our favorite traditions. During dinner each night we dim the lights, say some prayers, and sing the refrain to O Come, O Come Emmanuel while lighting the candles. The kids are mesmerized by the candle flames and there’s always a debate over who gets to blow the candle […]

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