I don’t know about you, but things have been crazy around here! I wanted to take a cute picture of our Christmas decorations or something, but this is a more realistic picture of the state of our home. I’m breathless from Christmas decorating and field trips and vomiting babies and running out of kid toothpaste and getting ready to travel for a month and friends with new babies and on and on and on… So I was incredibly encouraged last night (as I sat at the computer to start this post while my kids ate leftover Bible study breakfast casserole for dinner) to notice that Rachel Jankovic had just blogged about the whirlwind of the Christmas season.
I loved this piece (originally delivered as a speech at my alma mater!) on why It Takes a Pirate to Raise a Child: “The best way to begin the cultivation of moral character is to immerse children in great stories where virtues are rendered attractive — not in a sticky-sweet or preachy sort of way, but in a way that captures and feeds their imagination.” And that’s why T and I are going to read Treasure Island together over Christmas break!
Are you traveling over the holidays? You can revisit my road trip survival tips post from the summer for some age-appropriate ideas. I’m starting to collect airplane activities for our Christmas travels…
And if you’re stuck on last-minute gift ideas, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite etsy shops with you:
- Jennifer Allevato has lovely ornaments and original artwork, and she does custom paintings, too. (And she’s my sister-in-law!)
- Needle in a Haystack makes historical outfits and doll clothes. I got to pick out the fabric for my girls’ sunbonnets, and they are now their favorite dress-up items!
- Jethro & Henrietta sells hand-typed cards with literary quotes on them. I’m a sucker for great Jane Austen one-liners!
- And…did you know that our very own Anna has an etsy shop? She’s selling peg people nativity sets!
Take a deep breath with me–and have a great weekend!