Last year, for the first time, our family purchased an Advent Book. We spent 25 nights as a family reading the book together. It was a great time for us to take some time, sing Christmas carols, read about the coming Messiah, and we also prayed for those who sent us Christmas cards.
We all get so caught up in the shopping, wrapping presents, preparing food, and the anticipation of what we are going to open up on Christmas day. We head to church for a Christmas service, but do we really prepare for the day that we celebrate Christ? or do we prepare for everything else?
Our family really enjoyed taking the time to do this each night and my kids are excited to do it again this year.
If you and your family don't do anything for Advent and would like to start, I thought I would give you a couple helpful resources.
You can find the book that we use over at Celebrations and Traditions. They also have great ideas for things that you and your family can do to celebrate Advent as well as traditions you can start for celebrating other holidays and making them meaningful. They also have a newsletter that you can sign up to receive.
Also, if you've been coming here for any amount of time you already know that I love Ann Voskamp's blog A Holy Experience. If you head over to her blog you can find a link to download a free Jesse Tree Advent Devotional Book.
How do you and your family celebrate Advent? I'd love to hear what you do.