Ahhhh, it’s almost December! What a wonderful time of year! We have SO many plans to make it an amazing time for our family! And we have so much to do!
We get down décor from the attic. We put together a tree. We start making Christmas lists. The office Christmas party is marked the calendar and so is the Christmas piano recital and pre-school nativity play. The book club wants to have a gift exchange and the hubby needs a pie and 2 dozen cookies for the office potluck. We jumble up the kids in matchy clothes for a cute Christmas photo and then find the best deal on prints for the cards. Oh, and we have to get those cards addressed!
Oh, wait. Advent! What about Advent!? Sheesh, we can’t forget about that! Oh, what shall we dooooooooo……
Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever been in this place? If you have, you probably have met me there!
This time of year offers a bit of a thrill, the rush of Christmas preparation, the race to get things all done, and done perfectly. But, sometimes Advent gets left in the dust as a result. I hope that we can help each other find ways to cling to what matters most – the actual Advent spirituality that is so essential for us to truly participate fully in this holy season.
So, what should we do, to make sure we have a good Advent, both for ourselves and our children?
As with most things, it’s not so much what we do as how we do it. Rather than making a long list of crafts, activities and lessons to do with our children, let’s keep it simple this year! If we can simplify our Advent into a few, thoughtful activities, I think it will bear much more fruit. There are many ways we could do this, and here is what I am doing with my family this year: