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Friday, December 1, 2017

Where Are You Christmas?

I don't know about you guys, but sometimes I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. As much as I love the Christmas season it doesn't always hit me the way I would want it to. Last year was especially hard for me. I was away from home and the little bit of tradition that I'd managed to hold onto with my family over the years were gone. It was incredibly depressing for me to be trying so hard to get into the Christmas Season, but have it be out of reach.

This year I have a little more control over my Christmas season. I won't lie, I'm looking forward to having a little one next year because I can't wait to show her the Christmas magic. However, until then, it's something that I'm going to have to create on my own. I figured I'm not the only one, so I've compiled this list of things to help you get into the Christmas Season and spirit!

Advents and Countdowns:

-The 25 Days of Christ
This goes through Bible and Book of Mormon verses about Christ.

-Light the World Initiative
If you've heard or seen #LightTheWorld then this is the same thing! It's about sharing and spreading light this season. They have something different for every day.

-Come Unto Christ An Advent Study
I found this through @courtneycasperletters on Instagram. Her study does cost $15, but what a great way to get into the season!

-12 Dates of Christmas
I heard about this last year on Instagram (go ahead and guess what my favorite social platform is ;) ). The idea is to go on 12 dates leading up to Christmas. Last year was way too busy for me to even contemplate this, but I think it would be a really fun idea.

Christmas Books to read:

-The Christmas Box By Richard Paul Evans
-A Familiar Ring By R.K. Terry
-A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
-The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
-I Believe in Santa Claus By Diane G. Adamson
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr. Seuss
-The Forgotten Carols By Michael Mclean

Christmas Movies to watch:

The Santa Clause
Polar Express
A Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Year Without a Santa Claus
Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman

I just love the Christmas Season. I love how it makes us look outside of ourselves and see how we can help others. It comes at the perfect time of year when one year is closing and a new year is beginning. It seems to put us at our best and then challenge us to become even better. That's why I love the Christmas season, it's that special feeling of love that doesn't seem to exist the rest of the year. It's also why I don't love Christmas day because I end up worrying too much about me on Christmas, whether I got what I wanted or not. I hope someday to extend that beautiful feeling through Christmas day and then maybe the whole year.

What do you do to get into the Christmas spirit? What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? (I may or may not be looking at new ones to start with Brian for Everly and whatever other children we have). 

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