Every year at Christmas when I was a kid, Mom and Dad or Grandpa and Grandma would get my family an advent calendar. Starting on the first of December, we would open one box or door each day, revealing either a piece of the Christmas story or a piece of candy. Since moving out of the house, I no longer take part with them in this Christmas tradition, but the wonder of it still fascinates me.

This year, I wanted to send everyone an advent calendar of sorts. Of course, December 1st is long gone. And I don’t have any candy to send–at least, not very easily and not to everyone. So I came up with this half-baked idea: twelve sets of thoughts about Christmas that have occured to me this Christmas season. I will post them on Facebook and also on my blog Joyous Thirst. I would love to read your comments on them in either spot (or via e-mail!).

These notes truly will be “half-baked,” merely the beginnings of thoughts about Christmas, but things that have blessed me and will hopefully bless you. Mix them with your own thoughts about Christmas, and give them a decent baking. And may they be as refreshing and fun as Christmas candy or Christmas cookies . . . minus the fat content.

Merry Christmas everyone. May you be more aware of God’s love for you this Christmas than you were last Christmas. I love you all!

Live long and prosper!
~Joy =)

Day 1: a batch of brownies–the first Christmas “cookie”

Day 2: make-it-yourself sugar cookies–the second Christmas “cookie”

Day 3: gingerbread men (and women)–the third Christmas “cookie”

Day 4: stamped shortbread cookies–the fourth Christmas “cookie”

Day 5: gangrels: a comment on cookie dough–the fifth Christmas “cookie”

Day 6: Grandma’s Chocolate Chip cookies–the sixth Christmas “cookie”

Day 7: mint meltaway all my sadness–the seventh Christmas “cookie”

Day 8: stuck: the life story of a molasses cookie–the eighth Christmas “cookie”

Day 9: sniffle-less snickerdoodles–the ninth Christmas “cookie”

Day 10: delicate rosettes–the tenth Christmas “cookie”

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