Do any of you use an advent calendar to count down the days til Christmas? We have a couple that we use. One is this scrapbook calendar that Mom made many years ago in a class. For a few years it was missing, but last year we finally found it! Yay! You have to flip to a new page each day - sometimes we forget though. Heh. (Notice the number on today's page - only 10 days til Christmas! Wow!)
Another advent calendar we have is this wooden tree made by a good friend of ours. There are 25 little hooks on it, and there's a small object that you hang up each day. They all represent a Scripture verse about the coming of Jesus and His birth, and you're supposed to read the verses each day as you hang up the ornaments.
This time of year can be so busy and hectic at times. Do you ever take time out just to be quiet and rest? I have a tradition of sleeping in the den on Christmas Eve (because usually someone else is in my bedroom), and I enjoy the quiet after everyone else has gone to bed. The lights are all out, and it's just the glow of the little candles and the tree lights. It's so nice and peaceful!