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Advent Sunday

Mom(riding in the car): So Dad, you want a digital clock for Christmas this year?

Dad: Well, yes, a clock with an alarm.

Mom: A clock with dual alarms!

Dad: Yes. And Digits! Dylan don’t you want a digital clock for Christmas too? You haven’t mentioned it yet?

Dylan: Nah, I’m asking for a lot of things already.

Dad: A lot of things? I only know of a handful of things you are wanting for Christmas?

Dylan: I know. I am telling the rest to Santa Clause.

Dad: How?

Dylan: In a letter. I’m testing this whole Santa Clause theory, to see if I only ask Santa for toys but don’t tell Mom and Dad, to see if I still get everything I asked for from Santa or not.

Dad: Well good luck with that!

(Note to self… the oldest one has out smarted me again!)

No Miracles Of Christmas this year for that one!

December started off with a mini celebration. I had my annual cancer check up with Dr. O.

He said I was perfect. That there was no cancer detectable.

So once again I celebrated with my donuts!

You have to die of something, right?

So the weekend rolled around and with it the start of December, which my kids know all too well as the day that Lana, our Elf On The Shelf arrives!

They were excited about it too!

The enjoyed some of the shenanigans ol’ Lana got into last Christmas.

Well Saturday, they eventually did find her as we were unpacking some Christmas decorations, laying face down in a box, with other Christmas decorations.

So Dylan (the kid with Santa’s email apparently) left her a note to pick out her stocking.

The next Day Lana did not disappoint!

She hung the stocking she wanted up with the rest of our family’s Christmas stockings, where we hang Grandma’s stocking actually, she threw Grandma’s stocking on the floor and then tried to blend in with our family other ways…

I should not complain too much. I hear some of these Elves On Shelves are quite mischievous!

Trying to steal the Star off the tree…

So I feel a bit relaxed for the Elf that Santa sent to our home.

(Hmmm…I wonder of Lana can get a hold of Dylan’s Christmas list this year?)

Later this weekend we went hunting for our annual Christmas tree to decorate.

I hear this year’s supply of tree’s was down. And I did have a hard time finding one the size that we usually get.

But I did find this big, thick one…

This may be our biggest one to date!

So I got a new tree stand to hold a bigger tree and another string of lights to let the girls have at it!

And midway through the first Sunday of Advent the chore was done!

Tree up..Check

Lights and ornaments up..Check

Needles swept up … Check

Train set up…Check

Christmas Village, Dickens’s people and forest trees set up…Check

Old brick border taped, stapled and thumb-tacked up…Check

Sweep for more needles…check

Griswold Tree Lighting snafu…. ahh..well that happened Thanksgiving…..when me Smoker caught fire..



And so endth the first Sunday of Advent!

It was busy and tiring but rewarding!

Christmas is coming… are you ready, as we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus?

We are getting there. But right now I am ready to call it a night.

Thanks for dropping by everyone! Let the Season begin!

I will try to do a better job next time knuckleheads cause it is late.

Lana, can you get me another egg nog?  And where’s Dylan’s list?”


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12 thoughts on “Advent Sunday

  1. This Lana is literally a weekly blog post all by herself….

  2. I think Lana will tell me.. We hang out and watch,movies when everyone is in bed….and since that conversation the kids Christmas budget opened up a bit so we can get her a little bit of everything to cover all the possibilities… I hope your elves are helpful this year Betsy. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Your elf is hilarious. The guy who sold you your tree could be my brother. Looks JUST like him. And good luck with that Santa-only-knows Christmas list!!

  4. I think you are right Luanne yet she still believes in the silly elf on the shelf magic. Truth is about 3 years ago she woke up and saw daddy wrapping Christmas gifts. Busted! I tho,k she figured it all out then, except other kids her age still believe. I hope you are doing well Luanne! Great hearing from you!

  5. Congrats on the medical checkup! I love that sly analysis on Dylan’s part hahaha. Sounds like she has an inkling and is just making sure!

  6. Thank you for the well wishes.. And please help yourself to a donut, Boston Cream, Santa, and w small Hershey Kisses…but no chocolate chip.. 😦 I hope your week is a good one. Thanks for dropping by!

  7. Great news at your checkup! I’ll take that chocolate chip donut, too.

  8. Thanks Sandy. She might have to settle for the digital clock. But she still believes on this Elf On The Shelf doll so who knows. I guess I could take her somewhere where Santa is to see what she tells Santa…

  9. Well ask Aunt Sue if she has any insights.I do know she is working on changing her bedroom around….. I hope you got some rest John…stay tuned….

  10. Congrats on the free-of-cancer check. Yay! (*jumps with celebratory cheers*)

    Donuts look delish.

    Your kid is too smart. Hope you can intercept that letter (OR just have faith in Santa!).

  11. John McCleaf on said:

    Dylan might have found a good testing method there…unless she drops the info to Aunt Sue. great news on the check up!!! save me a donut : ) You all must have worked hard to get all that done in one day. The tree picture just says “Christmas.” And I was actually thinking, “all the sudden I need some egg nog”, before I read your sentence that mentions it. I hope you got a good night’s rest. Which is where I need to go. It might be a busy month here….

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