Christmas Eve is here! The last chocolate will be eagerly plucked from our Advent calendar by a 5 year old boy with a twinkle in his eye. He will search for Speedy (our Elf on the Shelf) for the last time this year.
When my children grow up it is my dream that they will have fond memories of this wonderful time of the year. If images of baking cookies, making gingerbread creations, stringing lights, decorating the house, Christmas music and movies, the gathering of family, laughter and love come to mind, then I have done my job. With every ornament that we hang, each bell from Santa's sleigh, each shiny string of tinsel, new pair of Christmas Eve pajamas, and every drop of Christmas magic, I hope my family can feel the love and admiration I have for them.
Although I procrastinated, I did finally mail out our cards earlier this week. They might not arrive before Christmas, but that's ok. Thanks again to shutterfly for the blogger promotion of 50 free cards. They turned out so beautifully and I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you also to my dear friend Cecilia for taking the photos. You are amazing.
Tomorrow will be filled with last minute grocery shopping and a marathon event of wrapping presents. We will be watching Santa's progress through NORAD, setting out a plate of cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer, and lighting the advent candles. I am giddy with anticipation.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyous, healthy new year!