It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a month and half away. I have always been one of those people who has counted down to things, so it comes as no surprise that as a child I loved Advent calendars.
My mom would always buy my sister and me one of those simple paper advent calendars – you know the kind – where the little squares open like windows to show little pictures. We would take turns opening the windows and get so excited about what would appear.
I remember one year the calendar was an empty stable and as we opened the windows over the course of December the nativity came to life.
My sister and I would jump out of bed every morning to see who would show up next.
The mommy, Mary!
Now a mom myself, I understand why my mom bought us an advent calendar every year. That simple cardboard calendar was a way for us to comprehend the meaning of Christmas.
This year I’m looking forward to using our new felt advent calendar each morning because its a tangible way to talk about the Christmas story– a literal reminder of love (a heart) coming down (the banner) – just like Jesus came down to Earth.
At dinner each night, as we break bread together, we’ll read from our advent tabletop devotional. I believe that the Holy Spirit will use the Scripture, promises of God and questions to minister to our family’s hearts – even my little ones, whose hearts are hungry for learning and truth.
The Christmas season is busy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be meaningful. My prayer is that each of us will deepen our understanding of love coming down.
By: Jessica Turner, The Mom Creative
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I love the idea of an advent devotional. I created my own many years ago. Each day has a hymn, scripture and Christmas story associated with it. This has been an awesome family tradition.
Beth Williams says
I love the idea of teaching the TRUE meaning of Christmas. I usually don’t like–almost despise this time of year. Not because of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the lovely colors of fall–but due to the fact that after Halloween is over all you hear about is FA LA LA LA LA what gifts are you buying–buy buy buy get get get! We as a nation have pretty much forgotten what Christmas is all about.
Add to that we kind of nix the idea of Thanksgiving falling in there. That day is just about gone and forgotten. We need to teach our children what Thanksgiving is truly about and the real true meaning of Christmas!
Thank you for the reminder and the post!