It's almost that time again...

advent candles

candles from the first week of advent -- taken last year

With December 1 (and Advent) only 13 days away (really?!), I thought I'd re-direct you to my posts on celebrating Advent from last year. They are still my most commonly googled posts, so I'm guessing that there are a fair number of you who will be interested. ;)

Celebrating Advent :: Part 1 ~ This post talks about the tradition of the advent calendar, why I think it's valuable, some links to different ones that you can make yourself, and how we make it work in our home.

Celebrating Advent :: Part 2 ~ This post is the long list of suggestions of what to actually put into the advent calendar once you've made one. (Some of these ideas might also be useful to those of you looking for simple stocking stuffers or Hannukkah gifts.)

While autumn really might be my favorite season, nothing compares to the time of year we're entering. The more we can keep it fun and simple and not overwhelming -- for everyone involved -- the better. That's what I hoped to capture in these advent posts, and it's what I wish for most dearly for my own family. I hope to have shared a bit of that gift with all of you through these posts.

PS: Yesterday was my two-year blogaversary! I pretty much forgot it was coming up, with all this pregnancy that's been going on around here, so I didn't plan a givaway. But I want to thank each of you so, so much for taking time out of your own lives to stop in for a few minutes and catch up with me here. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. xoxox