Are you ready for Advent? This year, Advent started on November 28 and will end Friday, December 24. There’s still time to prepare a plan that will help you prepare the way for the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you’re not intentional during this time, it will most definitely quickly pass you by. Our suggestion is to choose one or two things from below to focus on this Advent. This will keep you, and if you include others, busy doing the activities needed to make your heart ready to welcome and receive the Baby Jesus.
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Here are some Advent traditions to start with your family:
Reverse Advent Calendar
Advent calendars, especially ones with religious themes, are a great way to introduce children to the concept of waiting. Some can be refilled from year to year, some are designed to be opened just for one Advent season, and others incorporate Scripture to reflect upon a particular part of the Christian story. Choose one that will help you to speak to your children about Advent and one that can become a part of your family traditions.
Advent angelscan be another simple tradition to encourage children to pray for one another. Each person in your house secretly chooses the name of someone within the family (or outside of the family) to pray for. You can also incorporate random acts of kindness into this activity. Family members only reveal their identity to each other on Christmas morning. Some families incorporate a guessing game in which family members are given clues and they try to guess which person is their Advent angel. If you have small children in your family, consider purchasing or making a small doll (an Advent angel) for your children. It is the job of the Advent angel to guide the child towards Christmas. Each night a Scripture passage is read and the family gathers to talk about what their Advent angel has shown them that day about Christ.
A conversation jarwith several questions can also be a great way for family members to talk about Advent, especially if there are middle- or high-school children in the family. Ideas for questions include:
Where did I see God today in my family, at school, in the community?
What did I do today to be Christ to someone?
Was there anything that happened to me that I would like to talk about?
How can I make tomorrow better than today?
What am I most thankful for in this present moment?
Scripture quotes can be added as appropriate with some simple sharing around the table.
Reverse Advent Calendarthis idea has been floating around social media sites for the past couple of years, its general idea is to add something or thingS to a basket/box each day of advent and then donating the box of goodies to a local charity. So you could put food items and donate to the food pantry or toiletry items and donate it to the homeless shelter or toys and donate it to agency collecting toys or clothes .. the list can go on and on. But the idea is to think about your surplus and blessings and to be thankful and bless others as well.
Advent Puzzle, start a puzzle at the beginning of Advent with the goal to have it completed by Christmas. This is a fun tradition that can lend itself for silent reflection, simple conversation, a break from a stressful day or homework and is just a simple addition to the season. The last piece placed in the puzzle then can be dated and signed by the placer.
Regardless of what tradition your family engages in, it is important to set aside regular time during the Advent season as a family to talk about Advent.
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Our digital twist on the traditional Advent calendar brings a sense of surprise by showing you the whole calendar, but not letting you “open” each day and find out what’s behind the picture until that day comes along. Each day, the link will lead you to a special Advent-themed Daily Jolt and MicroChallenge.
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