Tuesday, December 2

Advent 2008

I truly desire my children to grasp the real meaning of Christmas, but every year it is a struggle to bring all our festivities and bustlings to the foot of the cross. We don't pretend there's a Santa Claus, though our kids know other people do and we do fill stockings with small gifts for the fun of it. We don't focus on gifts, though we do give gifts. We try to reach out to our neighbors with a small homemade gift and some sort of book or poem or tract about Christ. But I can't help but wonder if the preciousness of God becoming man and dwelling among us is lost on them? Is it drowned out by the glitz and noise of everything else? I hope and pray not.

This is our very non-traditional Advent wreath.
Try to ignore the messy homeschool corner!

One of the ways we attempt to focus on Jesus is to try to celebrate Advent every year, and some years we're more successful at it than others. For the last couple years, I have been wanting to lay out the scripture readings, crafts, recipes, songs and such so that we don't have to reinvent the wheel every year, so to speak, but that hasn't happened yet.

Hubby laid out the daily scripture reading this year, and last night the kids and I made a paper chain to not only count down the days till we celebrate the birth of Christ but also to focus each night's prayers on a specific family, friend or neighbor. Before we glued the strips together to form the chain, we wrote on each strip the names of people to pray for. So each evening when we tear off a link, we will pray for that person or persons.

Do you celebrate Advent? If so, do you have any special books or activities you do for it? I'm always open to new ideas!


a portland granny said...

Kim, those are wonderful ideas. I love the chain with the people on it to pray for. Those two little sweeties are learning some valuable life lessons!

You're a good Mommie. I like reading about all that you do with your children.

Have a fun month!

Patty said...

Hi Kim,
I love the chain with names on it to pray for people. Great idea!

When the kids were at home we put our Cristmas cards in a basket and every night we would pick one and pray for the people who sent it. We continued on after Christmas until all the cards had been prayed for. It was amazing that the kids would remember to get the card after we'de eaten.

The chain idea is great! Gives them a count down to Christmas and yet teaches them to pray.

Blessings, Patty


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