My Worst Christmas Memory Redeemed

Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I have a fond place in my heart for family traditions and stories. October (Halloween), November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas) are full of opportunities to form such memories – both good and bad ones.

While there are plenty of fun Christmas memories from my childhood, the one scene that plays in my head when it begins to look like Christmas is probably one of my least favorite.

I can’t tell you how old I was, maybe 11 or 12.

When Thanksgiving Traditions Mean Not Having Any

Ask around the street and you’ll confirm what I’m about to reveal about myself: I am nothing, if not a traditionalist. I love traditions. Maybe that’s why I cheer on the Irish of Notre Dame year-in-and-year-out, no matter the odds – holding onto the glory days of decades past.

It’s also why I love family. Families, to me, are traditions – both the good and the bad. It’s what I’m used to, growing up the fifth of five kids.

Advent? Already?!

Can you believe it’s almost Advent? Yeah, Advent. You know, those precious 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. Unbelievable.

Now, you may be thinking, “How do you know it’s almost Advent?” Well, it turns out that I work at Focus on the Family, and we’ve been promoting this thing of beauty: Thriving Family 2014 Advent Activity Calendar: Journey to the Manger.

How awesome is this thing? It’s a complete (and completely free) family activity for each day of Advent.