The hustle and bustle is in full-force, with decorations up in September and crazy sales starting before Thanksgiving. Everything around us is screaming “Christmas is coming!” but notsomuch in a Christ-like way.
Not gonna lie to ya. I take advantage of the deals when I can, even if it’s before Thanksgiving. With 20 nieces and nephews to buy for, plus our own children, my gift-giving budget insists that I be on the lookout all year long. (And yes, I still thrill in finding a $20 gift for $5.)
But what about our hearts? There is no end to the preparation that takes place for Christmas gifts, decorations, and food. Are we preparing our hearts for the season?
One way to make sure our hearts are turned toward the birth of Christ is to anticipate, and there is no better way to anticipate than to participate in the Advent season.
“Advent is a spiritual season of preparation before Christmas celebrated by many Christians. “
Limitless. There are so many ideas out there for Advent Calendars , from fun and whimsical to deep and spiritual. Opening a box or book or door revealing a hint of Christmas each day in December is exciting for the kids and a great way to count down the days.
Most devotionals include a topic, Bible passage, summary/message, and prayer. The As We Wait Family Advent Devotional  is no different, and might be just the simple tool families need for quiet reflection at the supper table or before bed.
We have both this one and a more traditional advent wreath to mark the days and weeks before Christmas. I don’t generally burn candles in the house, so when we sit down for supper on dark fall evenings with wreath candles lit, we are stilled. Well, more than usual, anyway, and I’ll take what I can get with five little people at the table! It’s a great motivator, too, to make that effort to eat as many meals together as we can in quiet anticipation.
Truth in the Tinsel
This is Advent on steroids. 😉 Truth in the Tinsel  is an Advent experience for little hands. 24 days of Scripture reading, ornament crafts, talking points and extension activities. Plus fun printables and templates! Truth in the Tinsel is a fun way to spend intentional time with your kids before Christmas. Turn their hearts toward Christ! (PS ~Amanda’s offering FREE printable ornaments on Black Friday with purchase of the ebook. The printable ornaments are $3.99 and the book is $7.99. Getting the ornaments for free is almost like getting the book for half price!)
What Advent traditions do you enjoy as a family to prepare your hearts for Christmas?