As you read this, I’m hoping we are en route to Baton Rouge, LA. But we would be otherwise “getting physical”. This means do something WITH your kids that requires physical effort. Maybe you make forts to crawl through in one of your rooms with blankets and towels. Maybe you play with Playdoh. Maybe you build with blocks. Are you noticing that I’m only listing off indoor activities?
Okayokayokay… if you really want to go outside, then go outside. If you have snow, build a snowman. If you have rain, stomp in the puddles. If you have sunshine, play catch or tag or whatever.
But put your body (or some part of it) into it today. Let me know what you did!
And so, the cozy season approaches and Mama is moving in new directions. With Thanksgiving comes the onset of our family’s Advent traditions. For Christians, Advent was 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany (a celebration of the arrival of the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus). It is estimated that this changed somewhere around the 6th century and shifted more to the waiting of the coming of Christ (at his birth).
For my family, as Quakers (who overlap significantly with Christians), we use this season carefully to turn inward. Not in a selfish way. Actually, in a way that removes a lot of the selfishness and greed and bustle of the season. A way that preserves the peace and love and reflection and reverence of the season… Continue reading Drawing inward…