Christmas is my favorite season. I hate that at times it feels like Christian living all comes together at Christmas time after struggling so much all year. Christmas time is a breath of fresh air. Honestly. A time to examine our hearts and ignite the true meaning of this season. A better opportunity to give and accept.
Last year we started doing advent activities. We as a family take this time to be together and be more intentional about talking about Jesus, his life and his sacrifice.
Let me tell you something about being intentional…In a life of raising a family and being a wife, you have to be intentional to be intentional! Preparing ahead for those moments are crucial to this cause.
Anyway, We decided this year to implement some simpler things that we can stick with as a tradition. We usually put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving or November 3oth- which we did this year but I also wanted to give my children an opportunity to get excited about Jesus and our celebration of his coming. So we added a night before advent party, from Ann Voskamp to our traditional festivities. We watched a Christmas movie, made some great hot chocolate creations in our doodle cups from last year and kicked off our first advent reading and activity.
I’ve found that doing this allows us the opportunity to form a tradition and look forward to it each year.
We use our homemade advent wreath and candles for the kids along the way. I’m way to paranoid too have real candles around them. Especially since they wrestle…a lot.
My hubby is a big fan of the “Bobby” sandwich from Capriotti’s, so we like to make them with our Thanksgiving left overs. My hubby usually ends up slapping some left over sweet potato casserole on his. Big hit!
What traditions have you added this year to your Christmas festivities?