Tomorrow begins the countdown.
If you type "advent" into pinterest, you will find hundreds of great ideas for helping your family to prepare their hearts for Christmas.
My only advice is this. Don't let the advent activities become daily stresses. It's easy to get so involved in planning advent activities that the month becomes a blur of things to do and we forget to schedule in time to sit.
Time to feel the wonder of God's gift of salvation.
Time to do some nothing.
This year my family will be following the readings in this book.
The activities are way too involved but we'll read the story and verses and prayers.
And I'll pop a treat or note about a special activity into our advent box.
I will be especially mindful this year to add in times of quiet.
Moments to read together by the tree.
If an activity is planned one day, that will be the advent activity...I don't add any extras on top of the bustle that's already happening.
If you're wishing you could whip something up overnight, here's a great idea! Go find your stray socks and pin them on a string.
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Remember the goal is to spend special moments with our loved ones
as we prepare our hearts for Christ's arrival.
And so, with December beginning and me trying really hard to keep the month focused on Jesus and not on rushing, I will be signing off until the new year. I would normally share Buddy the elf's mischief with you and I will miss that,
but I promise to put my time saved by not blogging to very good use!
Have a magical, wonder-filled Christmas!!!