As we turned the calendar to December, our thoughts have moved ahead to Christmas. Talk of activities and events, traditions and food has been echoing through the halls. It's a great time of year!
While we aren't a religious family, I do like the idea of counting down to Christmas Day in a meaningful way. I'm not sold on the chocolate advent calendars I see at the grocery store, and I didn't have time to make an advent calendar with little surprises hidden behind doors and windows or in little pockets (though I would like to one day - maybe for grandchildren). So, we're starting a new tradition with something that is doable for us. We'll be reading new-to-us Christmas stories before bedtime every night until Christmas arrives.
So, what's sitting on the ottoman waiting for us these frosty winter evenings? I found a book while we were on our summer vacation - Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories by L.M. Montgomery. I also picked up a book at the library that looks promising - An Atlantic Canadian Christmas Reader: Stories and Traditions by various authors. And then there's the stack of other books that only come out at Christmas time.
How are you counting down to Christmas?