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If I could send a care package to every working mom for this time of year, this is what would be in it. Maybe Santa will slip one (or more) of these into your stocking! This list was inspired by Man Crates. This is what I would want in my very own (pretty) gift package!
It Cosmetics – Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer
This stuff covers up every sleepless night! I first tried this amazing product with my Ipsy subscription, and now I won’t go without it!
It Cosmetics – Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer, Deep – $14.99, 5.48 shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon
Dunkin Donuts – Original Blend Ground Coffee Resealable Bag (Case of 4)
Coffee. . .of course. And yes, I run on Dunkin’.
Dunkin Donuts – Original Blend Ground Coffee Resealable Bag (Case of 4) – $21.10, 6.51 shipping – Available at Amazon.com
Collection XIIX – Mirror Trim Infinity Scarf
A pretty scarf to hide coffee spills and dress up a plain Jane top.
Neutrogena – Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Original — 2 oz
This little tube of hand lotion has been a purse staple for me since middle school. It works great on chapped toddler cheeks as well.
Neutrogena – Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Original — 2 oz – $9.12, 5.01 shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon
Logitech – Ultrathin Keyboard Mini (Wireless – Bluetooth – White – Tablet – Membrane)
This handy little keyboard can help make your work more portable–and your typing more accurate!
Logitech – Ultrathin Keyboard Mini (Wireless – Bluetooth – White – Tablet – Membrane) – $46.95 (50% off), Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com
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I’m a confessional, liturgical, Lutheran. And I have a confession to make. I listen to Christmas music during advent.
This may not seem like a big deal, but it kind of is.
When I was a young married woman, I was very serious about keeping advent. The thought was if we saved Christmas for December 24, it would be so much sweeter.
We used to wait to decorate for Christmas until December 23 or so. We only listened to advent hymns during the four weeks leading up to Christmas. I stayed out of the Christmas candy (not a bad practice).
I love advent. I love the extra midweek church service. I enjoy spending additional devotional time. It is nice to not spend a month stressing out about Christmas.
So what happened? Well, my children for one. Their pre-Christmas excitement is contagious. They are practicing Christmas songs in school and wander around the house humming them. Also, December is dark. . .very dark. Some candles and cheerful Christmas music warm up my living room.
But the biggest change is that I have a desk job this year. And I spend 8+ hours a day listening to music. November is a crazy-busy stressful work season for me, and once Thanksgiving is over my mood is lighter. I celebrate the end of November with some of my favorite music. While other music styles get old over 8 hours, I never really tire of music proclaiming my savior’s birth.
I stream music from Spotify.com, which allows me to listen to and discover new music as well as “spy” on what my friends are listening to. It is like having an unlimited music collection. I discovered some fun Go Fish! Christmas songs, I love listening to the Nat King Cole classics and I can listen to this several times a day (it never gets old!)
So, I may be breaking some unspoken Lutheran rule by indulging in Christmas music now, but I can assure you that I won’t make the error of hanging it all up On December 26! I’ll still be listening through. January 6 (and possibly longer!)
Chime in! When do you start listening to your Christmas music?
Let me get this out in the open. I’m not judging you if you have adopted an elf to report your children’s behavior to Santa. I’m not. But, let’s just say, it’s not for me.
Lest you think I’m all Bah Humbug and no fun…click around here. We have a lot of fun. We laugh a lot, our kids are spoiled rotten (really), and they are mostly well-behaved.
But when we get down to it, Christmas is about gifts. And not just any gifts. One particular Gift. One we received not because of our exemplary behavior, but because we needed Him.
So, for the same reasons I try not to bribe my kids to so the regular things they should do anyway, I’m not going to bribe or cajole my children into being good family members in hopes of receiving good things for Christmas. Sometimes they are wonderful, lovely creatures, and sometimes they prove perfectly that they were born sinful human beings, in need of a Savior.
In our home our children find chocolate coins and other little trinkets in their shoes on the morning of December 6. We discuss the real St. Nicholas. We continue to focus on Advent. We repent of our sins. We pray that Christ will come again. And on December 24 and 25 we go to church and we have a grand celebration with our church family. We eat too much fabulous food, and we give our children too many presents that they don’t deserve. However, our parental love for our children overlooks their most obvious flaws and we want to give them good gifts.
Our Heavenly Father is the same. He does not need someone to report our behavior to Him. He knows our very thoughts and our hearts. And, in spite of, and because of our behavior He sent His perfect, holy, innocent Son to earth to be sin for us.
That, my dear readers, is a gift that cannot be bought. It is a free gift.
Join me throughout Advent as I share some of our traditions (fun and serious) and glorify the most Wonderful Gift of all, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 (ESV)
Chime in! What special ways do you mark Advent? Are you incorporating new traditions this year? You know I’d love to hear from you!