Friday Fodder: advent edition

December 13, 2013 — 1 Comment

Christmas Cheer

I do believe I’ll require a viewing of the movie Elf this weekend, for sanity’s sake.

The date scene and the dancing in the mailroom and that part where he tackles Santa? ”You sit on a throne of LIES.” Oh my. Pure happiness.

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Naptime Diaries advent calendar

Speaking of happiness, my Naptime Diaries advent calendar is making me an abnormal amount of happy this year.

I’ll be honest – we kind of stink at advent this year. Last year I had cute little bags for the kids to open each day with a Truth in the Tinsel ornament to decorate and the occasional piece of candy. We didn’t always color said ornaments, but the option presented itself. This year? The advent calendar appeared on Day 10 and the little doors of the cute advent calendar house are still empty and the only crafting we’ve managed has been of the spontaneous “Here, paint this paper” nature.

As my sole defense, I refer you to yesterday’s post and this wonderful article by Lora Lynn at Vita Familiae: To the Mamas of Littles During the Holidays.

If baking cookies and watching your kids sling sprinkles all over the kitchen is going to make you yell today? Then no. Don’t do it. Always choose the relationship with your kids over the Advent activity that makes you scream. Always choose the Simple over the Pinnable.

Listen, the only person who expects you to accomplish All The Things on that list? Is you.

Moms, Dads, People Who Know Children: Read it. Feel free to jump up and shout amen.

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Speaking of advent, it’s not too late to start the SheReadsTruth advent devotional plan if you haven’t already.

This year’s plan, titled Emmanuel, was a true labor of love by my lovely co-writers Raechel Myers, Diana Stone, Hayley Morgan and me. Don’t do anything crazy like insist that you start from the very beginning (I’m looking at you, fellow procrastinators/perfectionists), just dive in today. You’ll be glad you did.

Here’s today’s study. Start here.

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this chaos 1

Speaking of today, I’m sharing the story of last year’s Christmas tree decorating fiasco at Deeper Story today.

Remember, the time I was being a scrooge and my 5 year old put me in my place by being Christmasy and sweet and awesome? That’s the one. You can read it here.

That story last year prompted my free printable debut. I believe you’ll all agree it was quite the impressive effort [insert that emoji guy with the big eyes and raised eyebrows here].

If you’d like to print out a copy to put by your desk or your kitchen sink or have it tattooed on your forearm, you can download the printable with the links below.

This Chaos is My Peace 8×10 - download
This Chaos is My Peace 5×7 - download

ChaosNot personally a herder of small children? Print a copy for a friend, or write a quick note on the back of the 5×7 and stick it in the mail to encourage a mama in your life. They will thank you. They might cry a little, but it will be a good cry. I think. I hope. You know, forget I said anything about the crying.

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Have a good Friday, friends. The weekend is coming for us.
*praise hands*

One response to Friday Fodder: advent edition

  1. I talked yesterday in coffee date vlog about the lacking in advent activities and at first being so embarrassed but finally just had to let it go,

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