We have a new (non-stressful) Christmas tradition.
A few years ago Caleb suggested we add a new day of celebration to our Christmas countdown.
“We celebrate Christmas Eve. What about Christmas Adam?”
And that’s how it began.
On December 23, the excitement ramps up. It’s Christmas Adam for our family. Everyone gets a small gift. We all eat dessert.
It’s nothing fancy. Mainly silly. But another fun way to celebrate the season.
We’ve actually cut out some traditions this year. The one Advent book got re-packed. The other Advent calendar got forgotten. We returned a Christmas book to the library that I knew we’d never finish.
Yes, we still use our favorite Advent calendar. Each day we get a verse to read, story from the The Jesus Storybook Bible, a fun activity, and a giving activity.
The big boys and I are also reading The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. And we love it!
We’ve stuck with the “Something you want, Something you need, Something to wear, Something to read” gift pattern for the kids. The predictability of this has been glorious for all of us.
There’s a real tree up in the living room. Stockings over the fireplace. Constant Craigslist searches for a new puppy (shh…don’t tell the kids). A wreath on the front door. Flashing “headache” lights in the boys’ room. Crafty snowmen. Glitter everywhere. Cookie tins in the pantry. Overall excitement filling this house!
But there’s still quiet (kinda). When we sit around the table. Or gather in the living room. And read about Him. The One who came. The One who died. The One who gives us reason to celebrate. To have traditions like Christmas Adam.
That’s what Christmas is like for us. It’s loud. And expensive. And bright.
But it’s also beautiful.
Because last Christmas was grace. This Christmas will be grace. And that first Christmas…it was definitely grace.
Merry Christmas (and Christmas Adam…and Christmas Eve) from our family to yours!!!