The season of Advent begins today. Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the Nativity, or the birth of Jesus.
John and I have been some thinking and praying about how to celebrate Advent this season with our children. Yesterday, I scurried around town trying to find an Advent wreath. I came up with a creative alternative, which I'll share with you later. Our plan is to light the appropriate candle(s) each evening during dinner, read scripture, then sing a verse or two of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. We'll begin tonight, and I'm looking very forward to it.
We have a couple of other things we'd like to incorporate into our Advent celebration. One is lectio divina during family devotion time (using the story in Luke), and the other involves the nativity set we have. I want to take some time this week to wrap Baby Jesus. The box we wrap him in will be the most beautiful box under our tree (I'm thinking something gold and sparkly and a bit extravagant). On Christmas morning, that will be the first gift we unwrap, because Jesus is the most beautiful gift we've ever been given.
We do have an Advent calendar, but honestly, it's kinda cheesy and has more to do with Santa and toys than the nativity. We're still going to use it (because I'm sentimental and my kids LOVE it) but I'm going to be on the lookout for something more meaningful to use in the future.
While doing some Advent research, I found this site which offers a beautiful daily Advent devotion. There are many free Advent resources on the web, but I thought this one was neat, and I'm going to try to make some time each day to visit there. I might possibly be able to use it with our kids too.
Do any of you have any Advent traditions you'd like to share...or any that you'd like to start?? If so, please share them with me.