Keeping Christmas Magical

I have no memory of believing in Santa Claus. Apparently, there was a party and a Santa with whom I wasn't impressed and so quickly ended that magical relationship. I don't know that I really missed out on anything. "Santa" gave us a present each year and I still believed in the Christmas spirit. Now, … Continue reading Keeping Christmas Magical

Advent Culminates With the Beginning

This Advent season, I've been thinking a lot about beginnings. I like to know where the journey is going, to at least have an endpoint. But that's not life or faith. I'm remembering that God has gifted us very few answers and endings and instead keeps pointing us back to the beginning. I'm over at … Continue reading Advent Culminates With the Beginning

A Love That Breaks Down Barriers

Imagine "love." What colors do you see? What shapes? Now, try to think of the word without the color red or a heart. What do you see? I often lead students through this exercise at the museum. An effort to understand that artists are constantly making choices - no matter how simple a drawing or … Continue reading A Love That Breaks Down Barriers

Finding Hope in the Messiness

Advent either started yesterday or last Sunday, depending on how you observe the season. Regardless, we've gotten off to a semi-rocky start. We've had a dinner-long meltdown during our candlelit meal because I wouldn't turn off all the lights; I forgot to print out the Jesse Tree ornaments that go along with Unwrapping the Greatest Gift; … Continue reading Finding Hope in the Messiness

Advent Day 1: Modeling Hope

Today begins our Advent journey, a time to reflect, to pause, to think about the coming of Christmas. We're finishing our thankful leaves (though I can't bring myself to take our tree down) and I have the Jesse tree ornaments printed. In our house, we have several Advent and countdown activities planned - lighting the … Continue reading Advent Day 1: Modeling Hope

Stop, Breathe, Reflect, and Adore

We're finally moved into our new house! We still have a bunch of boxes to unpack, but our kitchen and living areas are mostly done. We've had friends over for dinner and fires in the fireplace and pictures up on the walls. It's starting to feel like home. Last night, we finally bought our tree: … Continue reading Stop, Breathe, Reflect, and Adore

Five Favorite Christmas Movies

Frank adores Christmas. He begins playing carols at the first snow. (One time we took a road trip to Yellowstone over Labor Day weekend. It snowed on our drive home and we listened to carols in early September.) For him, the Christmas season cannot be long enough. I am more of an after-Thanksgiving celebrater. By … Continue reading Five Favorite Christmas Movies

Advent

Next week begins the season of Advent, of anticipation and waiting. This year, with a 16-month-old, we are talking more about the family traditions we'd like to form. Do we want to celebrate the magical myth of Santa Claus or the miraculous birth of Jesus? Do we completely ignore the commercialism but risk raising kids … Continue reading Advent