Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! I’m excited and if you’re rolling your eyes right now because it’s still November I say Bah Humbug to you!

I love this time of year. The weather is glorious, people are festive, children are excited and a new beginning is just around the corner.

Our annual Christmas Drinks for family and friends are on the calendar and my head is beginning to swirl around all things Christmas and how to make it meaningful and memorable.

As children we had one advent calendar that came out every year. It hung on the back of the toilet door and the first one to the toilet in the morning got to open the door to reveal a Christmas picture. The excitement of a picture! At the end of each year, we would close all the doors and put it away for next time.

I want to maintain a similar tradition, but today’s Advent calendars make me cranky. What do Lightening McQueen, football team and Monsters Inc themed advent calendars have to do with Christmas? A big fat nothing!

Christmas is about the birth of Christ and the message of love he brought into the world. Our Christmas traditions should be a reflection of that.

I figure the greatest gift we can give our children is the gift of time, our time. That’s what our Advent calendar will hold. The space for connection and the creation of memories.

I made an advent calendar a few years ago. If you don’t have one check out some advent ideas here. In each box I will place an activity we can do as a family. I’ve made up a list of things my little boy loves to do and I have been strategic about what activities are allocated to what days to make it all possible.

December 1: Set up the Christmas tree and decorate the house

December 2: Go scooting

December 3: Write and post a letter to Santa

December 4: Cook something yummy

December 5: Play under the sprinkler

December 6: Visit Nanny

December 7: Have a Christmas Party

December 8: Have a photo with Santa

December 9: Visit the donut shop

December 10: Visit Grammy and Grandad

December 11: Go to the park

December 12: Do Christmas craft

December 13: Play soccer

December 14: Fly a kite

December 15: Go out to dinner for hamburgers

December 16: Go to the beach

December 17: Make a milkshake

December 18: Visit the cousins and big dog Hudson

December 19: Go to Carols by Candlelight

December 20: Have a picnic

December 21: Visit Monkey Mayhem

December 22: Go for a bush walk

December 23: Go to the pool

December 24: Go to the shop to buy the Christmas ham

December 25: Christmas!

With a bit of forward planning you can do this too.

What sort of activities would you place in your calendar?

CullOn my holiday I went and saw a psychic. I DON’T DO THAT KIND OF THING! But this fellow has been talked about by family and friends for the past ten years, his insights have been realised again and again and curiosity got the better of me.

I’m not going to go through what was said, but I will say I walked away with a huge sense of release, because someone accurately reflected back to me who I am and did so without judgement. This is not a kindness I extend to myself. While I can be extremely forgiving and patient with the ‘faults’ of others, I am not with myself and quite honestly it’s exhausting.

Through this experience I realise certain aspects of our character are fixed, they are not immutable to change but they do determine how we approach, make sense of and respond to the world. Time, order, structure and control were words used to describe me. They were words I considered ugly. But they are not ugly. This organised lense through which I view the world allows me to achieve highly and because of that my family thrives. When I get the balance wrong, I have problems, I get stressed and my family gets stressed. But it is not something I need to eliminate in myself, it is just something I need to manage. No apology needed, just awareness.

Vicki from Knocked Up and Abroad shared this terrific post from Kristen at When at Home. It is a call to arms. While mothering is hard and it is easy to be swept along for the ride, at some point we have to be intentional about what we’re doing.

My mother puts it more simply: “treat it like a job and take pride in what you do” and therein lies the reward.

I’m intentional about many things and many things I do well. But I want to be more intentional about simplifying my life. I am an impulsive commiter and a ‘yes’ woman and I need to pare back. So this week I’m going to become a quitter! I’m going to uncommit, simplify and cull. Doesn’t that sound refreshing?!

I’m going to keep a bit of diary of my progress to post next week.

Are there things that you need to roll back in your life? What could you quit this week?

Last week I was tagged in the five day Black and White Photo Challenge. Monthly photo challenges I find hard to complete, but five days, that’s suited to my attention span. In saying that, I really enjoyed this process and I might keep it up. Now I tag you to complete the challenge…

Day one

Day One

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Day two

Day three

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Day five

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