It's the day after Thanksgiving. We took a vacation day today. I've been sick all week, so it felt good to sleep in. We put up the tree and are working on the other decorations. At the moment we are taking a break and watching "Elf", which we all love. Later on tonight we'll order Chinese food and watch Polar Express :) Yes, it's a movie kind of day.
Last year, Christmas snuck up on me and I felt scattered, unprepared and just generally caught-off guard. This year it's better. In many ways our Christmas will be smaller and simpler this year, including sadly, less loved ones around us.
But the spirit of Advent is on us.