Friday, December 29, 2017

A Meaningful Christmas

I began the Christmas season reflecting and seeking out quiet time. This year, I wanted my family to focus on living Advent in our hearts and in our home. We decided to invite our Kindness Elves, Hazel and Arthur, back into our home this year and we spent Advent performing little acts of kindness. Our friendly elves would leave Henry and Rosie instructions each day that included activities like; make a donation to your local food bank, bake cookies for a neighbour, hide positive notes in your library books and hold the door open for someone.

Photographed by Vivian Bertrand

Photographed by Vivian Bertrand

I decided not to RSVP "yes" to every invitation this season and stuck to the activities that are important to me and my family. Last year, we had a great time cutting down our own Christmas tree, but this year we decided to pick one up at the farmer's lot down the street from us. We went out for breakfast, picked out our tree and spent the rest of the day listening to our favourite Christmas carols and trimming our tree. It was cozy and wonderful.

We lit the candles on our Advent wreath, attended mass on Sundays and spent the month of December preparing, baking and creating homemade gifts for our family. We focused on family time and enjoyed playing and hiking in nature. My heart is so full and as there are twelve days of Christmas, the feasting and joy continues in our home.

Photographed by Vivian Bertrand

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, friends. I hope your 2018 is full of hope, love, laughter and adventure!

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