Monday, December 12, 2005

Holding Mammon at Bay

With a 12 year old and a 6 year old, I would have expected a lot more Christmas angst and whinging about toys than we've had. The only reason I can see for this lack of greed is the fact that we have a) not put up a tree yet b) not put up lights outside yet c) light the advent wreath every week (though Sundays are so busy, we don't usually get to it til Monday nights), and d) we have nativity characters like a trail of happy campers all over the living room mantel.

When it comes to decorating, we try to follow the 12 days of Christmas approach as much as possible, that is, putting the tree up on Christmas Eve or the Sunday before (or like this year probably the Thursday before) and doing the exterior lights the week before, but not lighting them til the night before. (We may not even get to it this year at all seeing as our exterior electrical outlet seems to be on the fritz.)


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