Advent is the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
How does your family reflect on the season of Advent? Do you do anything special to connect the crazy holiday season with what Christmas is all about? When my son, Miles, was a few years old I tried doing a “Truth in the Tinsel” activity with him, it lasted a few days before we were both burnt out on the daily crafts. I’m hoping to try it again this year now that he’s old enough to understand the concept and I think his younger brother will have fun, too! Check out the Truth in the Tinsel activity here.
In recent years we’ve purchased the chocolate Advent calendar and that’s always something my kids look forward to, but it really doesn’t tell them what Advent is. They just look at it as getting a piece of chocolate first thing in the morning everyday until Christmas.
I got an email and it said “Christmas should be about connection – not distraction.” Wow! Yes! But, how do you make that connection? With all the hype about gifts, dinners, and parties, how do you make sure that you take that time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and what his birth meant to the World.
One of the things I want to try to do is read an inspirational story each morning with my kids (while they are eating their piece of chocolate from their Advent calendar) that will make them focus on Jesus being the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Please share some of the ways you and your families keep Christ in Christmas. I would love to hear how you celebrate Advent and your Christmas family traditions.
I pray that as the season of Advent begins that you are able to find the time in the midst of the holiday chaos to rejoice in the true meaning of Christmas.