First, we read Madeleine L'Engle's The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas. I've mentioned this book several times previously. Quite simply, it is my inspiration for how we celebrate Advent. In fact, it may be my inspiration for how we try to make each day the best it can be. The premise of the book is that the family does something each day of December to prepare for Christmas. In the midst of this, the awkward seven-year-old narrator is having trouble being a graceful angel in the Christmas Pageant and she is worried that her mother, who is expecting a baby, might be in the hospital for Christmas. It, of course, all comes together beautifully in the end. Not only did I read this lengthy story to Meg and Clare, they had their Grammy read it to them again just after Christmas. I think we have successfully passed a love of this story on to the next generation.