The year I declared that I was done with the crazy Christmas season is still etched in my mind.
No longer did I want to wake up on December 26th and wonder where the month went. I wanted to savor time as a family instead of rushing around like a mad woman focused on decorating and shopping.
It is evening during the season of Advent.
Our family gathers in the family room and plugs in a small, lighted tree. Hot drinks and yummy snacks serve to make this purposeful Advent tradition even more special. Someone reads the designated scripture passage and we discuss its meaning. After a brief discussion, an ornament is hung on our Jesse Tree as a reminder of the scripture passage we read that evening.
This school year, each of my daughters is involved in a book club. It has been such a sweet time of friendship and learning for each of them.
When I saw this ornament, I knew it was the perfect craft to make in honor of this memorable year of our book clubs. With a few minor adaptations to make the construction a bit easier and somewhat more secure, I knew this would turn out as a precious memento of our year!