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Yesterday, it snowed for the first time this year. Normally, I'm breaking out the Christmas music by this time in November, but I'm running a little late this year. Something about having four kids and being insanely busy, I think. But Christmas has definitely been on my mind more in the last week and I've started thinking about everything I have to do to get ready. Christmas shopping, decorating, cookie baking, ordering Christmas cards, etc. Last year, we didn't set up our Christmas tree since space was very limited in our apartment so I'm really looking forward to decorating our new house. The kids keep sneaking downstairs to the basement to peek at the Christmas tree in the closet under the stairs and whisper to each other about how they can't wait for it to come upstairs.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions from when I was a kid is our reading party. Yup, you read that right! A party where everyone picks a cozy spot to read a Christmas book or two and snack on treats while Christmas music plays. Of course, it's a little harder to relax and read a book when you have young kids, but last year, I was able to have our first Christmas reading party with Princess and Little Man. I put Star to bed, made hot chocolate, and broke out the Christmas cookies. Then the three of us sat on the floor and I read Christmas books out loud. They didn't last long before they started getting tired, but it was fun to see them enjoying a tradition I loved so much as a kid.
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