Fast forward through the Thanksgiving turkey--Christmas is just around the corner! I'm always torn between wanting everything completed early (a la Organized Christmas) and waiting until December, when we're in the mood. I compromise by getting the business of Christmas out of the way by December first, leaving the rest of the month for celebration. So, while I would buy my stamps and address our Christmas cards throughout the fall, I would not write our personal notes to each recipient until after Thanksgiving. I may miss the Black Friday deals, but having gifts bought well in advance sucks most of the commercialism out of our December.
Still, that faint whiff of gingerbread in Fresh Market has gotten me in the spirit. Here are two great blogs devoted to Christmas that you simply must visit:
O Night Divine, which has more of a Catholic perspective,
and Lindsey's Advent for Evangelicals. Right now she now features an interview with gifted writer Ann Voskamp. I look forward to reading how her book The Glorious Coming translates Advent traditions into family-friendly experiences.
Below, a photo from the archives. Andrew's first Christmas. Garish candy-cane sleeper from his great-grandma.