'Tis the Season!

It's that time again! Time to mark the magical moments of the season... and I ! Can't ! Wait ! For some of my newer blog buddies, a little recap. For the past two years, I've been Counting Down to Christmas and Finding the Holiday Magic by looking for magical moments of the season. It all started when I need to find a little holiday cheer in 2008:

We seem to have a bit of the "bah humbugs" here. Meaning?! We're seriously lacking holiday spirit. I knew it was bad when my husband suggested the world would be better without the holidays. So... I'm doing a Countdown to Christmas... with a twist. Remember when the holiday season was almost magical? (OK - maybe it still is for some) Remember the joy we all used to feel as kids when the holidays were right around the corner?! Now I feel that it's stressful, commercialized and filled with obligations... leaving us frazzled, annoyed and wishing for it to be over. Not what I want during the "most wonderful time of year." So I'm attempting to bring the magic back. In small, simple ways. (I don't want it to become yet another thing to check off my list!)

Everyday for the next 24 days, I'll be posting about magical moments. Observed. Created. Remembered.

Instead of opening little windows on a cardboard box and finding a stale piece of chocolate, I'll be recording moments that make this season special. And hopefully, I'll find the magic I've lost along the way.

I invite you all to join me in the journey!

Last year, I decided to continue the tradition:

Last year we were in a very different place... we had just been through a loop-de-loop on the adoption roller coaster, the wait was really getting to us, work was intense for both of us... along with about a dozen other things. And I didn't manage to post every day... but I did manage to accomplish the goal. I found the magic in the season. I simplified. I took notice of the small things. And I truly did enjoy the season.

So, I thought I would do it again. I have a hunch this year it might be a little easier to find the magic [wink] but I still want to make sure I observe those moments, create them, and remember them.

But unfortunately, I failed miserably.

This year, I have high hopes. I've been in the holiday spirit for weeks now. We've been practicing our "Ho Ho Hos" and "Merry Christmases." The advent calendar has been bought and hung. The cards designed, printed and addressed... and yes, I admit it, we've been listening to holiday music for weeks now. Last year, I think the lack of sleep and the adapting to life with a child just got the better of me. This year, well it has to be better. Right?! Right! Look, I even made a little logo for it:

Well friends, here we go! I hope you will join me for the journey...