Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day 1 -- One Sleep Left and So Much To Do!

It's hard to believe that when we started this countdown we had 24 sleeps to go... and now here we are at one. On this Christmas eve, with the big day looming before us, I am grateful...

... grateful to finally be done with our little elf for another year. LOL. Don't get me wrong, I've thoroughly enjoyed the process; the way it gets us all in the spirit. It's a wonderful tool to help usher in Christmas, teach our daughter of the true meaning of the holiday, have some fun and build memories as a family. And this year, much more so than last year, she was fully engaged. She soaked it all in, was animated about each adventure, and full of joy at the fun in giving back, spending time together, and being silly. So yes, I'm grateful to be done, but I'm also grateful to have been on the journey. And grateful to you all who have joined us.

This morning, in our final hunt for the impish elf, we found Elfia back where she started. With a video in hand, an annual tradition we started on her first Christmas thank to my brother and his family, we focused this morning on the manger... where it all began. Santa reminded us to take time to remember, and be in awe at the gift, but to also enjoy more memory making fun. So there were cookies to be made first, and some packing to help Elfia with. And then, before bed, we nestled in to watch "The Very First Noel." 

And that's it. Another Christmas with Elfia the Elf done. We celebrate tomorrow with good friends, the generosity of family and friends, scrumptious food, and more memory-making fun. 

May the gift of God's son, born for you on this night, fill your heart and home as you unite together in His grace. Merry Christmas.

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