Truth? Advent is a hard season for me. It’s an important season, a short season, and I don’t want to gloss over it. Advent is a time of waiting, hoping, and knowing. He’s coming! It’s also a busy season, and tends to be quickly overshadowed by sparkly Christmas lights, seasonal activities and holiday parties.
All of those things are fun and good, but I want my children to experience the waiting. The longing. The darkness that comes before light. This year, Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands is going to help us with that.
My goal? I want to give my kids a gift before Christmastime. I want to give them the Advent gift of ME. Time with mom. Undivided, focused, and purposeful. Fun, lighthearted, and meaningful. Time learning about the Best Gift of All. I can do this, right?
Well, maybe. I’m not a crafty-fun mom. My idea of doing crafts with my kids is hauling the stuff box (we do have one!) out of the closet and letting them have at it while I do the dishes, or balance the checkbook. Yeah, I’m that kind of fun, so doing a full Advent experience will be quite the, um… experience.
I am, quite frankly, very intimidated about the time commitment. I’m thankful to have Truth in the Tinsel at my fingertips as a comprehensive guide, with complete supply lists and thorough instructions,… and oh my goodness there are alternate schedules! As a realist, I know that 24 straight days of crafts are not happening in this house, and definitely not in December. Reading through the alternate schedules, knowing that I can give my kids the gift of Advent without stressing over certain failure before we even begin, is a relief, and a gift to me!
From my friend Amanda, author of Truth in the Tinsel: “Give your kids a few minutes for the first 24 days of December. You might find your kids giving themselves to Jesus in return!” That, my friends, is worth it!
For the next two hours (yes, I know I’m late… so sorry about that!) you can purchase Truth in the Tinsel for only $2.99. After midnight, the price changes to a still very reasonable $4.99.
How do you make sure the festive fun of Christmas doesn’t overshadow the Advent season?