Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This is what it's all about

Yesterday, I realized that next week is Christmas! Where has my cozy Advent gone?
We haven't done all the things that I had planned yet. There are still so many inviting Christmas pictures books to read, yummy things to bake and what about the crafts? Well, the beaded snowflakes turned out to be frustrating to all of us. Now, I have a box full of beads and lots of wire left. I still have plans to make 3-D paper snowflakes, but as I'm not naturally crafty, I'm already feeling a little anxiety about this project too. We have been reading some wonderful books this Advent and listening to a lot of the Nutcracker Suite, but I still feel that we've been rushed and it's passed way too quickly.

As you can see, I've spent more than a little time on YouTube and well, Linus just says it all. We watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year and I believe this humble little classic boils Christmas down to its very essence. I will try to calm down. There's still time to bake the gingerbread cookies (that Luke won't eat) and read more of our stack of books. I noticed that about six of our books are The Night Before Christmas. I still have plans to compare the artwork in each of these editions of the famous Clement C. Moore poem. There's still time to read A Christmas Carol too. There are twelve days of Christmas!

If we don't get to do everything we planned, there's always next year. It's important to remember what Linus says about Christmas. It's the little things that bring us the most joy anyway.


MaryM said...

I'm right there with you in feeling like I have not accomplished all I wanted to this Advent and yikes Christmas around the corner - I'm not ready.

About the beaded snowflakes. They are so lovely but many patterns really are pretty advanced. Leah is just at the point where she can do that type of craft with any proficiency. For the younger ones the best way to make beaded snowflakes is with silver pipe cleaners and large beads. It's not quite the same look but they are pretty and it takes much less skill to accomplish. I should have added those easier ones to the post where I mentioned beaded snowflakes. I'll see if I can find a pattern.

Easter A. said...

The small things that bring us joy... so true. Merry Christmas!