Yesterday marked the first Sunday of Advent. It snuck up on me this year, but I love Advent and since I set my bar quite low, I figured we would jump in and celebrate with nearly no preparation. If you, like me, haven’t made elaborate plans, I assure you there is no need. Just take a breath, relax, and celebrate Advent in a way that brings your family joy.
I shared most of this post a few years ago, and as I read through it again, I realized it still speaks clearly to me of how we embrace Advent as a family. I hope it encourages you.
I love everything about Advent – anticipating the coming of Christ, the candles, scripture readings that tell the story of Jesus, and the children around the table, candlelight glowing on their faces. Jesus came because we need Him – once lost, we can be found in Him, and Advent leads us deeper into that knowledge.
Our Advent traditions are simple, if they weren’t we would never do them. Despite the best intentions, complicated plans don’t go well with our life.
First, I gather five candles. On a good year there will be three purple, one pink, and one white candle. Many years, I have simply used the white candles we usually have on our dinner table.