We’ve been having lots of fun this month getting ready for Baby Jesus’ birthday. Scott says he feels a little like Ricky Bobby because we talk about Baby Jesus so much. We pray to Baby Jesus, we sing to Baby Jesus, we read about Baby Jesus, we play with our nativity Baby Jesus. Hannah thinks all the lights on people’s houses and all Christmas trees and all the presents we wrap are for Baby Jesus. She is so excited about it all.
We put our tree up right after Thanksgiving and have had Christmas music playing pretty much everyday. Dance parties are an everyday occurrence around here.
We hung our stockings…
and wrapped our presents.
A sweet friend gave me this candle to light everyday to help us count down to Christmas Day. Hannah has really enjoyed this.
She loves picking out her verse and fun activity from our Advent calendar each day.
We took the kids to a Christmas pageant at a local church one night and she really loved that. When Mary and Joseph were walking up the aisle it was really quiet and Hannah yelled, “Hey, there you are!” It was pretty funny. She watched the whole thing very intently.
Especially when a ballerina and angels made their appearance (she’s so into dancing).
She wanted her picture taken with the angels after the show.
They had a camel and donkey outside.
We made some Candy Cane Kiss Cookies for our neighbors (Hannah ate a few before we delivered them.)
She also enjoyed making S’mores by the fire (and eating them).
Little Brother just liked watching the fire.
He also really likes bath time (It’s not really related to Christmas, but sooo cute)!
Hannah likes showing Baby Jesus and all the other nativity people the Christmas tree and informing them it is for Jesus’ birthday. She holds them up to it and says, “Look! Look! It’s Jesus’ birthday! Look!”
She also likes to put them in the tree…
Scott and I got away for a date night downtown….so nice.
And last night we drove around to look at Christmas lights. This is a house in town that goes all out with lights. They even had Frosty and Rudolph!
I told Scott this is the first time I’ve been this excited about Christmas in a long time. In order to prepare our home and our hearts for Advent, we’ve had to plan and be more deliberate with our time. In doing so, I have a peaceful anticipation that has been missing in years past. Also, it’s just so fun to see Christmas through Hannah’s eyes. Her excitement, her innocence, and her explanation of what and why we are celebrating is refreshing in the midst of all the commercialism that surrounds this season.
As Hannah says, “We’re waiting on you Baby Jesus.”