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I have a wonderful friend who takes really good care of my family, especially my kids. She randomly calls me up and wants me to meet her so she can give me something, and it is always the coolest things, or a special treat, or something for our family. But at Christmas time, she really goes out of her way to help make our season merry. And, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving, but these things need to planned for long before Thanksgiving, so they’re ready for the beginning of December.

Years ago she made our family an advent calendar, the one pictured above. My kids were little, and they loved it! She had treats to eat, as well as a few larger items, a movie and story book, etc. My kids were thrilled everyday, and everyday they took turns opening the advent door before they left for school. The next year she asked for it back and filled it again, and she has done so every year since. She called me this year to remind me that I needed to get it to her soon so that she could fill it for my kids. My kids are 2 adults and 2 teenagers. One will not be home at all for Christmas, and one will be gone for a part of December. But she is still thinking of my kids, and guess what, my kids still want to have this fun tradition and are so grateful that she is so willing to keep it going.

I am grateful for people who see others beyond themselves, year after year, and who share a part of themselves with others on a regular basis. This friend has been such a great example to me of how I want to be, thinking of others, sharing, and caring, especially during the holiday season.

Because of her consistency, I have decided I need to keep the tradition going for my daughter who is on her mission and will not be home for Christmas. I have been searching the internet for ideas and thoughts on mailable advent calendars and have come across several good ones that I think I will combine to get the advent I want to send. I hope it doesn’t make her feel too homesick, but brings a little family tradition into her morning every day in December.

There are so many family traditions this time of year, I would love to hear what your family does to celebrate, and as we proceed through the next couple of months, I will share some that have become near and dear to our family’s heart as well.

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