December 1st has really snuck up on us this year. Normally we do the whole tree/decorating ritual on the first Sunday of Advent. This year I still have Thanksgiving decorations up! We are straight out for the duration too so I guess we will have to find a weekday night to get our tree this year.
“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” ~Larry Wilde
This afternoon Rowan leaves for another stint up at Old Sturbridge Village as a Junior Intern. Christmas by Candlelight is a wonderful time up there. We go to get her on Sunday, have our time at the Village so I can get lots of photos of this round and head home late that night. I can't wait to see her new winter costume!
Mike plays an annual gig at Highfield Hall on Saturday and the Christmas Cantata is the 10th and 11th.
Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making. ~Leigh Hunt
Annual cookie day is also on the 10th, can't wait for this treasured tradition with my family! We bake and decorate dozens and dozens of sugar cookies to share and eat a fair few while we're at it.
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
Somewhere in here both of the girls have Dr. visits to check in with their Lyme Disease and my Dad is having cataract surgery. Then we get to have an early Christmas supper with my Mom and Dad to exchange gifts because we are going away this year for the first time in a long time to celebrate Christmas with the other half of our family.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis
This is last years Christmas photo in Charlton.
We have managed to get most of our Christmas presents done, some of them are even wrapped! Mike and I even managed to go out together, alone and do some shopping, a rare thing for us.
It doesn't feel like Christmas yet, but I am waiting for it to hit me, any moment now...
Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance - each beautiful, unique and too soon gone. ~Deborah Whipp
Lighting the Advent candles, 2002
Wishing you Grace, Peace and Joy this Christmas Season.