First things first for todays post. It was 19 years ago today that we added another Savage to our household. Erica was born sometime during the 4am hour (honestly, there are five of them….I remember the generalities, but not always the details…that’s why you have baby books!).
So today we are celebrating Erica and she’s got the best present ever because Kendall came home for a two week Army Christmas Exodus—that means he’s home for two weeks in the middle of his basic training. I think this may rank up there as one of the best birthday presents ever!
That takes us to our Day 20 discussion. What do you do during the holiday season that has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas? I thought of this question on Friday night as I sat on the sidelines and watched Austin play a basketball game (they lost…bummer). Then again yesterday as I baked Erica’s birthday cake.
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Our family plays lots of Euchre!
One of my kids has a birthday on Dec. 21, so we have cake and presents and do something not Christmas related on that day.
We love to go to the movies! Now that we've gone so many years in a row on Christmas Eve-day or on Christmas Day, the bright lights and popcorn are starting to remind me of the holidays throughout the rest of the year!
We continue to plug away at our homeschool assignments and projects until we can put the books away for a couple of weeks at Christmas-time.
We play lots of games and puzzles and before kids, we always went to a movie on Christmas Day.
We have really little kids and this year it is rainy, so we are simply trying to find things to do that help them use up some energy. This year I am starting a new MOPS group. It begins Jan 14! Our first two lessons are based on chapters from your book My Hearts At Home.
We seem to build a lot of forts during the Christmas season. And watch tons of movies at home (non-Christmas ones too) with popcorn for dinner.
There are two things I really like to do during the Christmas season. One is have a nice cup of tea each day. I use a cup and saucer from my nice dishes and for a few minutes each day I sit down and sip my tea and do the second thing. I Relax!
We spend lots of time playing outside before the REALLY low temps hit here in MN.
Take care of my kids and change lots of diapers, ha ha :). I don't know, this is a hard question. Pretty much the life as usual stuff. That and play in the snow, which my hubby and 2 year old did today. Simply adorable watching them play and her trying to feed me fistfulls of snow :).
Girl Scout troops (2), school volunteer, church ministry meetings, small group, Bible study, mission trip planning … these great parts of daily life continue during the Christmas season, sometimes including a Christmas party (I refuse to call it a "holiday" party) and sometimes not. For the first time this year I can't list "work" … my layoff in April has been 99% positive, with the 1% struggle of finances – ugh! PTL I don't have to work in this year's Christmas season! Thanks for all you do, Jill! and Merry CHRISTmas to you and your family! Julie
This will be the last Christmas season that I proofreed college application essays! Its been a fun journey as we are ready to launch our last child. Hearts at Home has been a blessing along the way! Thank you for this ministry.
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Like Jill, I have a child with a birthday in December so we try really hard to make that day all about him. He gets cake for breakfast! (Don’t worry I make it with veggies and fruit blended in it.) He gets to chose a lunch date his dad, brother or myself. We live in a small town so the school is great about this. And then for dinner and opening of presents it is his choice of which comes first. I don’t think we have ever had dinner first.
And although the Advent Calendar is about Christmas, he fills the day of his birthday for his brother! The rest of the calendar is filled by me.
We have two family birthdays in Dec., but they come after Christmas. One of them being my sons, I have always tried to keep is separate from the Christmas celebrations. Now that he's going to be 14 (oh my!), it's easier as he just wants to hang with his friends. We also play lots of games, see lots of movies (I think we see more in this month than the whole year!), and go to basketball games.
It seems like nearly everything revolves around Christmas in one way or another this month! However, we did celebrate my sister's birthday a couple of weeks ago.
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