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December ⭐️

December.

What a month! This month is so full of celebration that sometimes the joy that comes from the purpose of our celebration can get lost in it. I’ve noticed that the key to keeping the joy in the season is to keep Christ in Christmas, stay flexible, work hard, not worry when things don’t work out, and simplify.

That being said, we sure have a LOT of wonderful, complicating traditions that we love! 😄

Traditions, traditions

My favorite tradition of all next to being together during the holiday started in December 2016: #LIGHTtheWORLD.

Here are some of our traditions (and posts I’ve written them) over the years:

Christmas music (links to our favorite sheet music, videos)

Christmas decorating the day after Thanksgiving (while listening to Amahl and the Night Visitors)

Advent calendars

Making and sending off missionary Christmas packages

Elder Livi's stockingChristmas card photo taking and making

Christmas soup

Christmas books

Christmas stories

Christmas baking and December favorite foods

Secret Santa and service opportunities (the best part of the season!)

Christmas Eve

Christmas morning

Christmas brunch

WAIT! BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

We not only celebrate the birth of Christ, we celebrate the births of our two Christmas angels, Rebecca…

and Julia. 💕

Like I said, it’s a CRAZY, over-full, wonderful (wonder-full) month.

I am always ready for January and a “long winter’s nap.”

Here are more posts about December and Christmas:

December 2017 Poetry Group

The Sweetest Gift

Christmas Reads 2017

“Family time is sacred time”

“I shudder to think of it:” Grateful for our Christmas angels

10 minutes with Mom

Fa la la la la la la llama

Carols for Three Moms

“Dad’s wearing a Christmas shirt! It’s official!”

A late Christmas present (missionary Christmas)

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 2016 family newsletter

2014: The Year of the Family (my Christmas gift)

Committed to simplifying this Christmas

A letter!