I love Christmas and all the excitement and joy it brings. However, the busy-ness, the crowds and the stress I'm not such a fan of. Come December, I purposely try to keep our days as slow as I can. There are still catch-ups with friends, errands to run and food to buy and our calendar is definitely filled more than usual. But for the most-part we pass our days with time spent close to home enjoying Christmas activities and treats.
Last year, I put together a simple little Advent calendar for Grace and on Saturday night, I brought it out again and strung it up. With my gift buying so close to being completed (just a few small 'finishing off touches' to pick up), I am looking forward to days spent baking Christmas biscuits, wrapping presents, crafting... and soaking up all the magic of this season, a season which feels all the more special when viewed through the eyes of little ones and enjoyed at their less hurried pace.