(Yes, this post was meant for yesterday, but you'll remember that I spent most of yesterday in the hospital with Colin. We're home now, thank God! And many thanks for your prayers.) The luminous season of Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Traditionally, Advent is celebrated with the lighting of five candles, each candle symbolic of some facet of the Christmas story. Each Sunday before Christmas, a new candle is lit. On Christmas Eve, the Christ candle is lit. And candles for children are magical! Advent can become a way for you and your family to make your Christmas season more meaningful, more Christ-centered. Spend the month of December considering the mystery of Christ coming to earth.
Read more here to find out some of the history and traditional practices of Advent.
Here's a great resource to recommend if you'd like to celebrate Advent this year with your children. Each day includes a Scripture reading, a devotional thought, a point of action, and a full-color ornament to print.
And here are some Advent candles I've pinned that you can easily make with greenery in your backyard or things you have on hand at home.
Finally, consider buying this beautifully illustrated book. Read it every day leading up to Christmas, and your children will have memorized the Christmas story.
And this month on the blog, you can look forward to meditations called, "Make Ready." We'll consider the mystery of Christmas and how we can each make ready our hearts to prepare for Jesus' coming.