If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know I love Advent. Advent is a time to settle down, calm our hearts, and draw closer to Jesus as we prepare to celebrate His birth.
All you really need is a candle, a Bible, and a simple schedule for daily readings. Come to think of it, you don’t even need to own a Bible – you can find all that you need online – but if you don’t own a Bible, you need one. If you can’t buy one, message me and I’ll mail one to you. God’s Word is life for your soul!
This year I happen to have Advent candles in the right colors, which is nice, but not necessary. If you don’t have time to hunt them down, you can order an Advent Candle Set on Amazon. You can also grab any candles you have and use them, no matter the color.
We have read many Advent books over the years. This year we are once again reading through Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas, by Ann Voskamp and hanging the corresponding ornaments on our Jesse tree. I’m also ordering Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent to read to the family each night by candlelight. Last year we read Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent, by the same author, and loved it.
[Note that the last two books are recommended for ages eight and up. There is a new title in the series that, based on the synopsis, may be less suspenseful, although I haven’t read it yet. Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent]
[Two other books for young children, recommended by readers: The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions and an ebook, Truth in the Tinsel.]
I got home from Called to Love last night, and now I’m catching up on the many things I set aside while preparing to speak at the retreat.
Next Wednesday is Share Thanksgiving, followed by our own Thanksgiving on Thursday. The coming days are going to be full of shopping and cooking -first for 500 people, then for twenty. Annarose does an amazing job pulling off Share Thanksgiving, and while I feel a bit anxious today, I know it is going to come together beautifully. When the event is over, we will be so thankful that we did it one more time.
Below are some great Advent resources. I own all of them but the Bonhoeffer book, and I’m seriously thinking about ordering it this year:
Take a look at these posts from previous years if you would like to read more about Advent:
Have a wonderful Thursday, friends. I hope to be here at One Thankful Mom a lot more in the coming weeks. I miss writing and I miss all of you.