The kids have an advent calendar, lovingly made by Dave's sister, and it will be filled with candy (reminder, go to Bulk Barn and buy some candy), but we will also read the nativity story each day. I bought this book and each little book is tucked away in the advent calendar pockets, ready to go. The season of Advent is actually about the anticipation of the birth of Jesus, so even though we are getting gifts and food ready, we will still take time each day to read the story.
I always have a lot to do when I get home from work, but I also want to make sure I spend some time sitting down with the kids to watch a Christmas show or read a book. It may not be for a long time but it can still be quality time.
I don't just want to go through the motions of setting out Christmas decorations, putting ornaments on the tree, or addressing cards. I want to pause and be grateful for all of our various blessings. We should be doing these things because we want to, rather than because we feel obligated to do them.
None of this is groundbreaking, but a reminder to focus on this holiday season.