Growing up without advent

Perhaps you grew up without advent just like me. We celebrated Christmas with gusto – tree, santa, presents and good food. But the whole concept of advent is about preparation, an anticipation of what is to come…..and I don’t remember the deliberate, thoughtful consideration of Christ at Christmas. Maybe we thought it was too Catholic, at the very least too ritualistic. But as I grow in years I grow in the knowledge that whatever I can do to help my children anticipate Christ’s birth is a blessing.
This season of Advent is of course about the coming of the person and work of Jesus. And how I make this a reality for my children is the challenge.
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14.
The intention behind recognizing Advent is  to think about:

promise, rebellion, sin, death, deliverance, anticipation, preparation, hope, joy and the second coming of Jesus.

So….we have talked about preparing our home for a guest to visit and making it tidy and clean, a welcoming place to be and spend time. And we have considered how it would be for the guest and indeed for our family if we had not made the bed or tidied our space to receive company? How much more should we be preparing our hearts for celebrating  Jesus’ birth?

So one aspect of Advent is about PREPARATION.


I love this retro cool looking bible verse that I found on a Mars Hill blog. I know they posted it for Thanksgiving but I have been struck by how much there is to give thanks for each day, especially as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth this Christmas. Although I am a few days late I thought I would post most days about HOW our advent reflections are progressing. You may recall we have used the Jesse Tree and a handmade gift advent calendar to help us read the bible and pray together as a family, in previous Advent seasons.
This year I have a combo of strategies to help keep the almost teenager down to the toddler entertained and engaged. What are you doing this advent? I would love to hear about it…….