Just mere minutes ago it officially turned December 1.
Time to begin the advent.
When I was unpacking the Christmas paraphernalia over the weekend I came across the advent calendar that I made last year. I was going to make a new one for this season, but when I gently lifted it out of the box that has kept it safe for the past year, I was reminded of how much I really do love this particular one (and it's a good thing, because unless Santa was going to bring me an early little gift of some extra time, it wasn't going to happen!).
It is nothing more than some patterned paper, chipboard accents, pearl pins and a little ribbon, but behind each number that counts down is a little bit of holiday spirit.
With all of the chaos going on over here with work and schoolwork and holiday preparations (we haven't even been eating dinner until almost 11:00 every night!), this advent will serve as an important reminder to pause and take in the season. When I created this calendar last year I never would have imagined just how essential it would be this year.
Life is funny like that.
There is no candy, no ornaments, no tiny presents. Only holiday reminders, tasks and reflections.
And that is just perfect for us right now.
(just need to change the year!)
How do you countdown to your winter holiday?