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Merry Christmas Eve!

Home for the holidays has never meant so much or felt so sweet! After moving across the country in August, I've been counting down the days until I was home again for this sweet season. I never realized how much I'd miss the simple things. Watching my brother play Xbox, shopping with my sister, cooking with Mom, and watching movies with Dad (Pride & Prejudice to be exact, it's our favorite!). Tonight is Nanny and Pop's annual Christmas Eve dinner and I'm eager to celebrate with them. This tradition has changed over the years and now it is just the seven of us. It will, of course, be followed with watching Arthur Christmas and wrapping any last minute presents, then off to bed for sweet dreams of Santa.

This year more than ever I've heard the "to Santa or not to Santa" debate. Honestly, I think it is a special kind of whimsy and magic for children that I want for my own someday. But I do see the danger of forgetting the ultimate reason for the season, and that is something I want to keep near and dear to my heart even in the years before I have a little family of my own. Ann Voskamp's book The Greatest Gift has been a special blessing to my heart this December and I highly recommend it! It is an advent devotional rich with scripture, beautiful insights, and thoughtful questions for reflection. It has shaped my view of many elements of advent season in the best way! I know I'll be gifting it next year to many a friend and family member :)

For now, I'm off! I love you all dearly and so thankful for your place in my life!
Have the Merriest of Christmases!
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  1. Hope you have such a great time with your family! I know I have enjoyed spending time with mine this Christmas!