So I finally decided that my kids are old enough to understand that there are a certain number of days in a month, hence the advent calendar in the form of paper stockings. I got the idea from here. But instead of putting candy inside I stuck a piece of this puzzle inside. I already shower my kids with candy anyway. And below you have our highly professional family photo taken with the awesome background of our slightly-bigger-than-Cinci Christmas tree. I love this tree. It will always have a special meaning in my heart. You know how I woe-is-me'd you in a previous post about my last year in Turkey? Well, I guess someone else knew how unhappy we were because this little tree with lights and an envelope of money (a lot of money) showed up for us shortly before we made our decision to return to the States for Christmas. I know there is only one way people can know things about other people they hardly spend any time with. I have a few guesses of who it was. But I will let them continue to feel like they did it in secrecy. I hope that I can do something as monumental for someone this year as that gift was for us last year. Merry Christmas!