Well kids, there’s a rumor floating around the internet that I’ve got this whole parenting thing all figured out and everyone should listen to my expert advice.
Yeah. When you’re done laughing, we’ll continue.
So- back to our regularly scheduled programming. We survive around here through the help of our village and by the grace of a great big untamable God. And today I’m excited to share with you one of my very favorite things that the village is up to this time of year.
Because guys – Christmas is coming!!
No, wait, don’t go! I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, and don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, but oh man, I am a total nerd for Christmas. Because lights and songs and family and warm fuzzies and miracles and come on – it’s the greatest. I maybe watched Elf yesterday. Just the truth. (A note: If Christmas is not your thing, we can still be friends, and you are invited to jump to the end of this post and share your own holiday traditions/click through and read something else entirely)
I’ve been thinking about Christmas a lot lately, and how I’d like Fable to view and understand this potentially confusing holiday. I want her to know it for all of its depth and meaning, not just the “Gimme iPad” side of things, but the task of trying to effectively instill those values in her feels pretty overwhelming in our crazy fast-paced gimme gimme culture. I want to give that baby all the magic and value and wonder and joy she can handle. Bring on Rudolph and twinkle lights and hot cocoa, and let’s celebrate and rest always in Jesus. Too much to ask? I hope not.
I’m grateful to be part of a community that is constantly evaluating how to do Christmas a little differently via a rather alarmingly-named little movement called Advent Conspiracy. Which, for the record, has nothing to do with any “war on Christmas.” Here’s a cute little video that will explain the basic idea:
Spend less, give more – give your time and your heart instead of just your dollars. It’s a tough principle to argue against, and I’m for it, but giving relational gifts is another rather overwhelming idea. Enter my very favorite Portland Christmasy event, the one I hope to see you at (I’ll even wear something silly if you want, so you can come find me and we can hug and sing cheesy Christmas songs together. I’ll buy you a mug of free hot cocoa.)
(Click on that banner for all the important info, like, um, the address.)
This is not your mama’s craft fair (unless your mama is awesome).
At the DIY Fair, nothing is for sale – instead, you wander through booth after booth of crafty, talented folks who give you free ideas and instructions on how to make gifts for your friends and family that maybe won’t suck. I’ve learned how to cure bacon, how to roast coffee, how to make my own compost bins, how to print pictures on blocks of wood, how to infuse vodka and brew my own beer – it’s the least lame craft fair in the history of craft fairs. And it’s free and there are cookies and fabulous live music and fun crafts for your kids to do and a food cart or two. It’s Portlandia with jingle bells on.
If you’re not in Portland, have no fear – I don’t want you to miss out on the crafty goodness, so I’ll make sure to post a round up with links to all the best tutorials shared at the fair, just especially for you. But if you are here, dude, come check it out. It’s incredibly fun.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the idea of Advent Conspiracy, as well as what you do in your family to make the holidays more about relationship and less about stuff. Even if Christmas isn’t your thing, what and how you are celebrating this time of year? What are your favorite traditions? How do you teach you kids about generosity and value? I hope you’ll share below.
In light of the recent crazy growth of this blog, I have a few exciting surprises coming up for you, including a great giveaway or two, some fabulous guest bloggers, and a whole lot more chatter about our messy, wild, and lovely parenting journeys. I’m so grateful to have you here, and so excited to hear your thoughts and wisdom and learn from your experience.
New here and don’t really want to talk about Christmas just yet? This post will lead you to all of our most defining posts so far and give you an idea about what this little blog is about, so you can make an informed decision about whether you can stomach all of this love fest cheeseball madness.
Header image by the incomparable Shannon Hannon Photography