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For the last few years I've been going through various advent devotionals in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Observing the advent period isn't something we do in our church, but I love the mindfulness that comes with working my way through various scriptures that point to God's promises of a saviour and the birth of the Christ child.

We are entering the second Christmas season in the midst of Covid, and the constantly changing dynamics that come along with life during a pandemic. Although the restrictions aren't quite as tight as last year's when we celebrated via Zoom, they are still tight enough to make life uncomfortable and often distressing when it comes to our ability to be with others.

So, not only am I starting my day with the bible and this year's advent devotional (Chris Tiegreen's The Wonder Of Advent) I've also decided to make my breakfasts special as well.

This morning was homemade buttermilk waffles (leftovers that I froze and popped in the toaster) and loose leaf English breakfast tea. And, to elevate things just a little bit more, I topped my waffle with homemade icing . . . because, who doesn't love a waffle slathered in homemade buttery, vanilla-y icing?

It's amazing just how consoling little things like this can be, setting the tone for the day ahead.

Do you have any special traditions that bring you through to Christmas Day?

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