Monday, December 03, 2012

Advent



We officially kicked off the season of Advent last night.  I think we're late, but what's new?  I always describe Advent as being kind of about anticipating the birth of Jesus and mostly about our kids setting themselves on fire.  I wish I was joking, but there is something horribly strange that takes place when you combine boys and fire.  We'll see who burns themselves, singes their eyebrows, or loses their bangs first this December.  

This year we're using The Jesus Storybook Bible during Advent.  There are 24 stories in the Old Testament that lead up to the birth of Jesus.  We are already big fans of The Jesus Storybook Bible, so this will be an easy, perfect fit.  I'm grateful for whoever it was who made this 24-day discovery about The Jesus Storybook Bible.  



{{Advent Resources}}

"The snow may be soundlessly falling in piles of white all around you as you read these words. Or waves may be lapping up outside your door, a steady rhythm under palm trees. Or rain may be coursing in slow and silent rivulets down your windowpanes. But wherever you are on this tilted, spinning globe as you read these words, each of us, the whole planet, we are all sitting close — waiting. Waiting for Christ’s coming.
 

For this is the season of Advent, the four weeks before Christmas.
 

The word, advent, it comes from a Latin word. And it means “coming.”
 

Aren’t we, the whole of the globe, aren’t we waiting for the coming of Christ?...The Christ who makes precisely what none of us can — Christmas... 


Sometimes the heart yearning for the gift— is part of the gift!"



Advent has already begun, so maybe you'll be tempted to throw your hands in the air and declare,  "All is lost, there is no hope, I'm too late."  I have good news.  The baby we celebrate came for the late, the lazy, the slackers, the hurried, the distracted, the ones with good intentions, the busy, and those who forever struggle to get it together.  What a relief!  It is never too late.  Grab the ones you adore and whisper in their ears this rich story of peace, mercy, and love.






{{December Activities}}

For young children:  Countdown to Christmas with books.
Kids open a book every day in December.  Review of Kirby's favorite books.  You can check these out from your library or grow your own collection over the years.  

Tahoe Express:  Take your kids on a special night to see Christmas lights.  Such a cute idea. 

Two really cute ways to create an advent calendar.

"Gingerbread" Activity for people who like to stay sane.

Popcorn bar paired with a Christmas movie will make for a sweet night.  This popcorn bar is over the top cute.  We will go with a more lame version.

Cute mason jar lanterns.  Jar + tissue paper + glue + votive candle = instant wonder at bedtime

Shepherd's Pouch - a great way to teach kids about giving gifts to Jesus in December. 

{{Related December Posts}}

When Kid Meets Nativity (and kid-friendly nativity sets)







1 comment:

Landreneau Family said...

You're good...Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas!