Merry Christmas, Loveys! It's December and the countdown has officially begun. Christmas will be here in seconds (it feels that way to me!). So I want to do a giveaway for my readers. Don't you want to open your mailbox and receive a little package with some Christmas cheer? Of course you do! All you need to do is leave a comment to put your name in the hat! Easy peasy. Include your email address so I can message you if you're my lucky winner. I want to send you a Christmas present so hurry up and leave a comment! I'll leave it open for a couple of days, announce our winner, and then send the package on Santa's sleigh.
Don't you just love Christmas? I won't tell you how many Christmas movies I've already watched or mention the fact that I've basically been listening to Christmas tunes since summer--you all know I'm an elf when it comes to this month. Love it. All of it. The goodwill and cheer. The holiday drinks and food and sweets. The music, the decorations. It's so fun. And these years with young kids in the house seem to be doubly fun. Ash has been more involved this year. She's just more aware as we buy gifts for a couple of kids we're sponsoring nearby this Christmas. She's learning about the joy and excitement of giving. (She's already very good at the joy and excitement of receiving, mind you. :)
I decided to put up our tree the other night after the kids went to bed. Our house is on the market, so I didn't want a whole day with boxes of decorations out. Ash's face was priceless when she saw the tree the next morning. And Lincoln too! He exclaimed, "Santa!!" Apparently he now thinks Santa comes to our house early to give us a tree. We've made gingerbread houses with friends. I'm gearing up to have a girls' night, holiday style. I'm trying to work in a date night where Jeff and I can go out and enjoy some of this season together. I'm hoping to work in some coffee dates to connect with friends. Every day in December is special. The tree is lit, the candles smell yummy, the kids are thinking of both Santa and the baby Jesus. We're singing Christmas carols. Ash has been singing a lot. She'll belt out, "Deck the halls with jolly! Falalalala!" or "Deck the halls with holly jolly!" Adorable. And more good news! I've finished book #2 and sent it to my editor! Hooray! Also, one of my editing projects is almost ready for press and I'm so excited about that! So much happening every day.
It's a busy time of year. Time of my life, really. That's okay. I have Jesus to be thankful for this season. I have His grace to fill me. I have these few quiet moments right now to talk to you. And I've got a little stack of goodies I'll be sending one of you soon. And for all of my loveys, I am SO thankful for you. So thankful you read this blog and connect with me. You all mean so much to me. I hope every single one of you has a magical Christmas.
Last night the kids and I watched Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol (one of my all-time faves). Ash was trying to put into words the problem with Mr. Scrooge. When he wakes up after being visited by the ghosts, and he's finally filled with joy, Ash said, "He's got the spirit now, Mom! He's finally got the spirit!" I beamed at her. "Right! He's got the spirit of Christmas." She nodded. "We've got the spirit at our house, Mom."
We sure do, love.
P.S. Don't forget to leave a comment and put your name in the Christmas hat!