Sunday, December 2, 2012

our advent 2012

I have been struggling through an internal debate on whether to do our advent again this year...
We LOVED it last year...
my very favorite advent yet...
opening a present everyday...
ending every night in December reading on the couch as a family...
no fighting over which book to read!
but it was a lot of time setting it up...
wrapping and numbering 25 books!
and I was feeling lazy~

at Stake Conference today-
Kate showed me this picture on her electronic device
(which was keeping her entertained for the 2 hour meeting)

I don't think I ever looked at this picture after it was taken that night...
It was day 19 of our advent last year.
It was a brand new book for our family.
It isn't really a Christmas book but it has a beautiful message.
We made crowns that night.

After looking at that picture today I decided to get busy...and start wrapping!
(I am only one day late!)

2.  Good King Wenceslas by Jane Seymour 
(This is our new book this year.  We heard her recite this last year with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  I love the song---and the story was beautiful.)
3.  Christmas Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(make cookies this night)
4.  Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells
5.  The Snowbelly Family by Cheryl Hawkinson
6.  Yes Virginia by Chris Plehal
7.  Only A Star by Margery Facklam
(one of my very favorites)
8.  Sally's Christmas Miracle by Charles Schultz
9.  Lucky Pup's Christmas by Ken Brown
10.  Merry Christmas Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood
11 & 12.  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
13.  A Shepard's Gift by Mary Calhoun
14.  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
15.  If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff
(go to the movies...or watch a Christmas movie @ home)
16.  The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern
17.  The Other Wise Man by Henry VanDyke
18.  It's A Wonderful Life for kids by Jimmy Hawkins
19.  The Gift of the Magi by O Henry
20.  Room For A Little One by Martin Waddell
21.  Olive The Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold
22.  The Christmas Carol (abridged and illustrated) by Dickens
23.  Come and See by Monica Mayper
24.  Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
(and the Christmas Story out of the Book of Luke in the Bible)

1 comment:

dede said...

I'm glad you are sticking with your tradition! Love it!