>> Monday, November 16, 2009
I love Advent.
It is such a wonderful time of the year.
A time of anticipation for the birth of Jesus.
With commercialism these days,
it is so easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas.
I pray that my children will have fond memories of Advent as a period of the year in which we spent a lot of time doing things as a family, going out of our way to help others, spending more time in the Bible, reflecting on our year and making plans for the next.
Now that Bear is two and can understand more, I feel it is very important to start traditions that will help build those memories and that will emphasize all that is important to my husband and I at Christmas.
Here is the plan.
Each day of Advent, Bear will open up a little felt envelope in which she will find her Jesse tree ornament and verse/prayer card. I got the verse cards from Tired, Need Sleep, but made my own watercolor ornaments as my printer is still useless.
She will also find a card with an activity (not in the order listed) that we will do as a family and a piece of yarn to make the soft bed for Baby Jesus who will be placed in the manger December 25th.
We will also light our Advent wreath after dinner each night and revisit the verse/prayer card from the morning.
What are your Christmas or Holiday traditions? If you have a post about it, feel free to add it to the MckLinky. Please include a link back to me in your post. This MckLinky is open until December 5th.