It's the most wonderful time of year!
There's excitement in the air as Christmas Day draws near.
All kinds of special events fill the calendar bringing festivity, cheer and good will.
Here is a look at some of the fun.
Daddy took Rose on a daddy/daughter date to see a play of Little Women.
Gabe and Olivia just had to be in the picture too.
Rose followed that up with a special craft with the children.
They had a ball making cards
and then planning on who shall receive them.
In the spirit of the season,
as night falls on freshly fallen snow, in what Brian called perfect weather,
he led a group caroling to local shut ins,
bringing good cheer (and many a tear) to warm their hearts,
as well as a basket full of home made goodies to warm their tummies.
At the end of the day, twinkling lights and pine garlands decorate the lodge,
a crackling fire and a mug of mulled cider awaits those who have been out and about.
All ready for bed,
the children gather round as Brian reads the familiar Christmas story in the Advent book,
a story they have fairly memorized by now,
but still has a captivating appeal.
that glow in my memory from year to year.