Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sharing the Gift of Stories

T’was the Write Before Christmas: Sharing the Gift of Stories

Remember the joy and wonder that accompanied the holidays of childhood?
The days seemed magical.
Glittery lights twinkling in the night, sparkling fresh snow, presents stacked under a tree.
Sometimes as adults, we forget to take the time to see the joy, the magic and the wonder of the season.
We get too caught up in the day- to-day tasks that go into creating that magic for our children.

“Stories are gifts to be shared”

As we move into this busy holiday season, we at Bigger Picture Blogs wanted to sponsor an outlet, an escape from the hectic planning. A chance to take the time to see, remember, feel the magic of the holiday.

A chance to create some magic of your own.



You are invited to breathe in the wonder and creativity of the holidays with us during:

T’was the Write Before Christmas

6-12 December



A chance for you to remember holidays past, present and future. To share your creative view of the holidays through memories, stories, photos, crafts –whatever inspires you.

Each day for an entire week we will post a prompt in a thought, a word, a quote or a photo inspired by the season. We will host a linky list here on the Bigger Pictures Blogs site so we can can share our stories with each other.

A story can be anything you are inspired to share; a poem, a fiction piece, free writing, a memory.

Words aren’t the only way to share stories.

“A picture is worth a thousand words” applies here.

We welcome sharing a photo, a painting or a craft you have made. There are no rules —  just inspiration and creativity!

Where ever the prompts take you is where you should go.

We hope you will be as inspired as us to see, read and share the magic of the season.

We know this is a busy time of year and it may be hard to want to take the time to do something creative just for yourself. So we have a little incentive:

How about four beautiful incentives?

{So} Sartina has generously offered four lovely, classic handmade stockings for one person who links up during T’was the Write Before Christmas. {Random.org will select the winner from all of the links — the more links, the more chances to win and the more creativity flowing through your fingers.}

So get your creative juices flowing, grab our button (it’s over there in the sidebar), and come back on Monday for your first prompt!

As always, we’ll be visiting each other and everyone who links for support and encouragement. We hope you’ll do the same.

Happy storytelling!

– Alita, Hyacynth, Melissa, & Sarah

Modern Decorating

With the kids quietly slumbering upstairs, John and I sat down to eat a quiet, late dinner.

“Did you notice the new decorations on the tree?” John asked.

I shook my head no.

“You should look,” he prompted

What? Like your tree has never sported a pirate hat and two sole inserts?

Apparently, G. has redefined the word decorations.

I expect a phone call from Better Homes and Gardens any day now.

Hyacynth writes life outloud at Undercover Mother. She muses about raising boys, faith and the love language of tackling and shoving that’s very apparent in her home.

Our Wreath

Today is the first Sunday of Advent.
This is our Advent wreath.
The symbolism of the Advent wreath is exquisite. The wreath is usually made of evergreens, signifying continuous life. The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of our souls, and the everlasting life we find in Christ. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ.
This is my faith.
What is Advent? The Roman Catholic Advent Season is the liturgical season previous to Christmas. It is a loving season filled with the anticipation of the coming of Jesus. There are four Sundays in Advent, each one represents one of the four thousand years that mankind awaited its savior.
I’m a non-practicing Catholic. I’ve been attending Lutheran services for the past 9 years, but I hold true to this tradition. My husband was born and raised in the Missouri Synod Lutheran church. And I’ve never converted but I made the compromise to raise our children in his religion for our children. Advent is for all of us, but I think it is most important for children to understand at a young age. It is about the anticipation for Christmas. The right kind of anticipation. Not the commercial anticipation.
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. There are three purple candles and one candle the color of rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday. The  lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world.
Christ is the light of the world.

We will be moving soon and I’m saddened that we cannot decorate until we move into our new home, but I will keep our advent wreath out. It is just that important to me.
Are there traditions that you cherish that help your children understand the meaning of Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah?
What are some special ways that you like to celebrate the season?