The power cable for my laptop broke over the weekend. Until the new power cable arrives I am blogging from my husband’s computer. Unfortunately I’m not able to upload pictures from my camera so the pictures in this post are from my archives.
As a child I remember gathering around the Advent wreath with my family. At times we would light the Advent wreath at supper other times before bed. There is something magical about candles when you are a child.
The Jesse Tree is a type of Advent calendar. Each day families read a story from the Bible (mostly the Old Testament) and a symbol, which corresponds with a Bible story, is hung on a tree. There a many creative way to make a Jesse Tree. Our Jesse tree is made out of felt. Jessica has printable Jesse tree colouring pages and Bible readings suggestions and Paper Dali has some printable Jesse tree ornaments.
Another tradition is assembling an Advent book basket. For each day of Advent read a Advent or Christmas themed book as a family. Jessica has an impressive Advent book basket list. She even wraps each book in advance. We have a special pile of Christmas books that we take out during Advent and I supplement it with books from our local library.
Setting up a nativity scene in which the characters (Joseph, Mary, shepherds…) slowly make their journey to the manger can help children journey through Advent. You can even add extra pieces of straw or yellow yarn to the manger when family members show kindness to one another so that baby Jesus will have a soft place to rest when he arrives on Christmas day.
Advent is known as little Lent. It should be a time for almsgiving, fasting and praying. Give a generous donation to a charitable organization, give up desserts or time in front of the television, follow a Advent devotional… these are just a few ideas.
This post is being shared at Mary’s Intentional Advent.