Even though it took me for-ever to get out of bed this morning, once I did, I was filled with awe about December 1st. There is something so special about the start of December, isn't there? Finally I let myself enjoy the holiday buzz that has been brewing since our weird overly-commercial United States, since before September?! Yes, now, today, it is my time to prepare for the holiday season and enjoy it.

And when I finally did get up, this is the scene that greeted me in the Noodle's room! Last night, he cleaned his room massively for me, and this morning he made his bed. Darling! I told him there was no way I was going to decorate the house for Christmas until we as a family tidied up. It sounds mean but I also fully admitted that a lot of the clutter around here is from my creative pursuits, like handmade journals from last month, the Thanksgiving garland that never got finished, the adorable ninja (from this shop that I'm working on as my first handmade gift, etc.

I thought this was the perfect photograph to start me off in Tracey Clark's Picture the Holidays class, which I spontaneously signed up for last night. Listen to some of the class creed.

For the next 30 days I will:

slow down
believe in magic
exercise patience
honor my creative spirit
receive graciously

Isn't that wonderful? It's not too late to join, you can sign up here.

After school, we will be making our second annual advent candle tray to begin the countdown this evening. We are nixing the pretty, but flammable, pine needles this year & I got a pretty new tray to hold the candles. I can't wait to share it with you tomorrow!