You know how Christmas decor starts right after Halloween? Like, November 1st hits and wham, everything is green and red with bright sparkly lights and ho ho ho.
Of course you know. Everyone says, “Golly gee, I can’t believe the year has flown by and it’s Christmas again!” Like this hasn’t happened before. Every. Year.
Well, here’s something you might not know. The day after Halloween is one of the best days to stock up on some great Christmas ornaments. Because the stores pile in all the Christmas stuff on November 1st, the old orange-and-black spooky-witch-and-pumpkin junk has to go. So go it does, and usually at 50% off or more.
Jolabokaflod is Iceland’s national holiday tradition. Loosely translated as “Christmas Book Flood,” Jolabokaflod is a practice where everyone gives books on Christmas Eve, then spends the rest of the evening curled up somewhere cozily reading those books.
We love Christmas so much at our house. All the traditions, all the decorations, all the presents.
Even the cheesy parts, like schmaltzy Christmas music and drinking hot cocoa by the fire.
We love watching Home Alone and The Santa Clause, wearing Santa hats and listening to someone read A Christmas Carol (even if it’s just the Disney picture book version with Mickey Mouse).
We love Christmas so much because we love celebrating that Jesus came into the world to live the life we couldn’t live, die the death we should have died, and make us right with God now and forever.
This is such good news (what we Christians call “the gospel”) that our family loves to do anything that makes the coming of Jesus seem as beautiful, fun, attractive, intriguing, inspiring, and awesome as it truly is.
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