Waiting Calendar

Our Little Ones Remind of the True Reason for the Holiday Season

The Holidays are upon us. Our kids are drooling over the Toy-R-Us catalog that came in Sunday’s paper. Our schedules are insane. Parties, gifts to buy, food to prepare, homes to adorn, school programs to attend, but why … what is it reason for the season? My 4 year old reminded us all of this in a very simple way after school one afternoon.

Madame Butterfly tore into her backpack early last week as we got home from school carpool to very proudly show me her “waiting” calendar. She announced, very proudly, that it was advent and she had made a very special Advent wreath and calendar for us to share with her. She said, “Mommy, Advent means waiting.”

Yes, it does. The holidays are about waiting and preparing our hearts and minds for the true reason for the season. We don’t need anything fancy. Nothing covered in twinkle lights or holly to do this.

I had high hopes of actually getting a proper Advent calendar for my kids this year, but the simple coloring page and colored stickers did the trick.

Each day Madame Butterfly adds a sticker and counts down the days until baby Jesus arrives. She, at 4, is more aware and ready for the coming Christmas than most of us. Then she walks over to the the clay and birthday candle advent wreath that she made, has me light the appropriate candles, looks at it for a moment, and blows them out. Then she’s off to her toys. It’s that simple.

Nothing fancy about Advent. Nothing fancy necessary. We count the days, we light a simple candle, we prepare for a baby’s birth.

Merry Christmas. Happy waiting.



Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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