We are starting a tradition of celebrating Advent with our family Advent wreath and our magnetic Advent calendar. Each door holds a magnetic addition to build a nativity scene. Megan is loving it. The hardest part is stopping her at one door a day. If she could have it her way, we'd just play with it all day long.Our Little People nativity set is on the floor by the Advent calendar - unfortunately Joseph is MIA... don't know where he trotted off too. Thankfully Baby Jesus makes it back to the creche each night. One of the sweetest things I'll remember about this year is listening to Megan try to say "Baby Jesus" - it comes out sounding like "Baby Deez" - so sweet it makes a momma tear up. On of the funniest things I remember is Megan being adamant that Mary did not ride in on a donkey! She is very sure Mary belongs on the camel. Not sure where that comes from, but lets just say her strong-willed personality comes out if you even attempt to put Mary on the donkey. It's made for some interesting re-tellings of the Christmas Story.
I have several Nutcrackers from my teaching days and Megan is very enamored with them. They are different sizes and she's sure to tell you if she wants to see the little one or one of the big ones. She loves it when the nutcrackers "talk" to her. I love watching her try to watch the lever on the back and the mouth open at the same time. Thankfully they are tattered and have been abused by many children prior to Megan so her loving on them is so natural and sweet.
And it's all just starting.... Hope everyone else is off to a great start in celebrating the Birth of Jesus. I've always loved Christmas, but now, it's amazing how so much thought is going into the whats and whys of our celebrating because I want this to be not only a fun season, but a memorable and teaching time for our little girl. Tis the season!