It’s here! December has rolled in again in all it’s glitter and glory. It is hard to believe the season of Advent has arrived. The dictionary defines Advent as: the coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important. Something important is coming, our celebration of Jesus made Man, the Incarnate, Babe in the Manger, Christmas. Someone who loves us beyond measure, and we are eternally grateful that He chose us to come to earth for!
Each year during Advent, our family has become increasingly aware of ways to learn and grow and gather…..you may be familiar of some of these resources, or maybe not. I am sharing them in the hopes that you may find a new tradition with your family this Advent season.
The “Jotham’s Journey” Trilogy by Arnold Ytreeide is a wonderful trio of books, that children and adults will delight in. They are filled with adventure, suspense and solid teaching.
The Jesse Tree—a book filled with Devotionals to read each day that follow the heritage of Jesus through the Old Testament revealing prophesy and signs that were in place long before Jesus came to earth! Symbolic ornaments can be made and hung on a homemade tree as an extra activity for children.
Learning about Names of God during Advent is a great activity. You can use a number of different books or items, but here is a special book to use specifically with children….http://www.amazon.com/Gods-Names-Sally-Michael-ebook/dp/B00C81G3J6/ref=sr_1_1? s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386030976&sr=1-1&keywords=names+of+god+for+children
This book can also be accompanied by these wonderful Adornaments—His Christmas Names, and His Royal Names ornaments by Ever Thine Home…..http:// www.everthinehome.com/shop/adorenaments.php.
You can also find resources on lighting Advent Wreath candles each night, or many other ideas of celebration readily available.
In our family, we exchange names on December 1st, and exchange secret “Advent Angel” gifts on each Sunday of Advent. This has become a dear tradition that our children look forward to every year! In whatever way works best for your family, tradition and learning during this season heightens the anticipation of the coming Christ. Every day can be a celebration of all that has been given to us and for us!