Blogging is more fun with friends. Sarah cooked up this idea and asked me to play along. For the next 25 days, we’ll be sharing Christmas-y things on our blogs: one day on hers, the next day on mine. She shared her cute and creative advent calendar yesterday and I love how she emphasizes giving and teaching her girls about it. Make sure to check out her ideas.
This year we want to enjoy a simpler advent and so we aren’t going to try and pull off a calendar and all the activities (maybe next year). For myself I want to prepare my heart to make room for Jesus by reading more of Him and stilling my soul to wait for His work. For the kids we’ll still do the traditions and activities that we love. We’ll take one night of the week (most likely Mondays) to read a devotional together and light the candles on the advent wreath. Ways to celebrate advent are as numerous as there are families on earth and I hope you find what works best for you.
If you need ideas, the books that I would recommend are:
- Counting the Days, Lighting the Candles by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson // This is the one I am using and it comes with separate readings for adults and kids, plus a weekly activity suggestion. Get it here or here. (If you order the paper version, email Elyse Fitzpatrick through her facebook page and they will email you the first 3 devotions.)
- Good News of Great Joy by John Piper // I enjoyed these daily devotions last year, and it’s FREE!
A few of the activities and family things we’ll do:
- Make ornaments. Either these or these. Or both!
- Find ways to surprise and bless family, friends and strangers. Last year we took flowers to friends and the kids loved it.
- A picnic under the Christmas tree.
- Visits to Longwood Gardens and Hershey Park.
- Lucy’s first preschool Christmas party! Plus a few other parties.
- Reenact the story of the shepherds and wise men. I’m hoping the kids will want to play pretend this year.
I love Christmas – the songs, celebration and joy. But part of me is hesitant and scared. I wish there was a newborn to ruin our nights and make us sleepy during the fun. You might have sorrows too and are unsure of how to have cheer when your heart is heavy with sadness. I understand, friend, and pray for you. I think Jesus understands too and calls you to Himself to find rest and refuge. It is why He came. From Isaiah 9:2 – “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.” Jesus, shine into our night.
Please share your advent ideas with Sarah and me! We are excited to share a little bit of Christmastime with you. Check out Sarah’s blog tomorrow for more.