We have had such little snow here that it is hard to believe that Christmas is only a few short weeks away. We had to do something to help us get in the holiday spirit so we went to a local Christmas lighting festival. Our friends told us about this event and we just had to go! They closed the street down and we waited for Santa to come down the street and light the lights. We had candles and hot cocoa and apple cider and lots of fun. The lights were amazing and just the thing I needed to remind myself that Christmas is surely coming. The only good part about it not snowing a bunch is that we had really great weather to be outside enjoying the lights.
I am so very excited for this Christmas. This is the first Christmas in two years that we are not welcoming in a new member of our family. In 2008, we left just a few days after Christmas to pick up Brecken from Ethiopia and last year, Quinn was born on December 22nd. Although we have been so hugely blessed by both of those Christmases, it is nice to have a quiet, non-life-changing Christmas this year!