Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Webster's online dictionary defines tradition as: 1a. an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or social custom). 2: The handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word or example from one generation to another without written instruction.
1. Observe Advent. More than just an 'advent calendar', observing advent (from the latin word adventus for 'coming') means to observe the four Sundays prior to Christmas. This can be done in many ways, but my family loves to mark and reflect on advent by lighting candles. There are special advent candles you can buy, but you don't have to have a specific set or color. There are many family devotionals that can help lead your family through the main themes of Advent, or you can simply talk and read the Bible as a family. (but light the candles. That's the best part. Trust me). There are many resources online. One book I thought looked interesting was Elyse Fitzpatrick's Counting Days, Lighting Candles. It guides parents through the Scripture to read each week, as well as devotions for the kids and discussions. Plus, there's a family activity and other ideas. Desiring God recently published a free 2013 Advent devotional resource to download
The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean, Bree Willey. Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas (disclaimer: I haven't read either of these books as I am new to the whole concept of the Jesse Tree, and I had several reservations with Voskamp's other book, One Thousand Gifts). The idea of a Jesse Tree sounds like a fun, memorable, meaningful way to celebrate Christmas.
Posted by victoria at 11/19/2013 11:51:00 PM