our advent tradition

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Although they would probably prefer advent calendars with chocolate on the other side of a paper window, the advent we do religiously is Christmas books. I have a collection that we keep in storage with the rest of our Christmas treasures. I buy a new book each year, and the rest are wrapped from our collection. Each night {ideally!} we sit together and unwrap one of the 25 and read.

Our new book this year is OSKAR AND THE EIGHT BLESSINGS. It is set on Christmas Eve in 1938, but the focus is Hanukkah. Oskar is a boy escaping the war in Europe, now a refugee in New York City. It is a beautiful book. I love that it shares the connection of Hanukkah which I would love to learn even more about.

the books we are unwrapping this year:

We have done this since our girls were small. My hope is that this will remain a tradition every year. I hope when our girls have homes of their own…I will deliver 25 books for them to open each day in December leading up to Christmas. There is nothing quite like ending the day together on the couch reading a beautiful book.

What Christmas books do you read every year? What should I add to our collection?

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faith, hope & sweetness

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I can’t think of a better weekend than the Saturday after Thanksgiving to attend the temple for the very first time.  Sophie chose Bountiful.  We woke up to a blanket of snow all over the city.  We made it a family affair. We were lucky enough to have “Go UTE” Nana staying with us, so she came too.  After our time in the temple, we headed to Sunshine Cafe for brunch.  Sophie, your faith, hope, and sweetness soften my heart regularly.  We love you so much and I am so grateful to be your mom forever.

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