It is all about the little moments. The calendar has turned, the decorations are coming out and we are counting down to Christmas. We have a nightly tradition of advent calendar and Christmas stories before bed. The candle is new for us. We pop up between stories to check how far it has burnt, with a little line for each day. We take it in turns to blow it out.
Oh, we have so many Christmas stories, that I really must share them at some point. Stories that warm the heart, talk of a certain Saint Nicholas (anyone remember him in all the rush?) and some that have me so misty eyed I find them hard to finish. We sit on the couch, huddled, necks craning to see pictures and we read.
It is nice to be spending the time together. As we hear of family members battling with illnesses and odds, the lists of perfectly co-ordinated decorations fall away, and we remember it really is a privilege to spend these moments together.