It’s been a little rough at our house for the past few weeks. Both kids had a stomach bug and we had a trip to the ER for stitches for the little man. Rick and I wanted to do something to celebrate advent but inspiration, time and energy has been short. We are giving it a go, just a little late. And with a lot of flexibility. Instead of scheduling out a whole month’s worth of activities, I am planning them a week at a time. On Sundays I’ll look over our week and put things in where it fits us best. And if it doesn’t happen or if I change the plan, we go with it. We are still celebrating and making room in our hearts for the Savior to come.
I made our advent calendar this year. I like that it looks “homemade” but wouldn’t mind having a beautiful one someday. And my kids don’t like this one nearly as much as they love the chocolate advent calendars.
Some of our activities: visiting Longwood Gardens, making a giant fort, having a picnic under the Christmas tree, making ornaments, making sugar cookies, sharing joy, reading the Jesus Storybook Bible, driving around to see the Christmas lights, and hopefully more!
The fun things and the chocolate are ways to celebrate the Savior’s birth, but most importantly, we prepare our hearts. I’m using the Desiring God devotional and reading the Jesus Storybook Bible plan to the kids. Both leave me in tears.
“Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in!” Psalm 24:7