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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. Antastyna,
    My “kids” are now grown and I think, in our society, that waiting and having an attitude of anticipation has been lost. Good for you in teaching your kiddos (even if a little sneakiness is added in) that waiting and preparing out hearts for Christ’s coming is a good thing. We had Advent calendars (of course one for each child) that they would open a door each day. Even the inexpensive waxy chocolate calendars provided some tasty?? fun. We did light the candles of the Advent wreath and as my kids were able to read, they got to read the Scripture that went with each week’s lighting. Of course my son’s obsession with fire (this must be a boy thing) made him want to hog the lighting activity and blowing the candles out became a wind/spitting contest. Oh well….Christ came into an imperfect world, right?? May we all put as much emphasis on the Advent or preparing our hearts for His coming….that goes for God’s big kids (us) too 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Anna,

    Christmas has almost been forgotten in this culture. It’s all about buying gifts for everyone. That is fine, in & of itself. But the true meaning of Christmas is lost on everyone. We go from Halloween to buy buy buy for everyone-spend as much as you can. Thanksgiving has been almost obliterated. Everyone talks about Black Friday & Cyber Monday shopping. Forgetting to stop & give thanks for ALL that we have. We live in one of the richest countries of the world. We should give thanks for each & every gift He has bestowed upon us. Especially the gift of Jesus being born in a lowly manger with smelly animals all around. It is important to teach everyone about the true meaning of Christmas. The fact that many came from far off places to see this baby wrapped in light. It wasn’t as easy trip for wise men, or shepherds. All they had was a single star in the sky pointing them on their way. Happy to know people are making a way for parents to teach their littles about advent & waiting with anticipation for the Christ child.

    Blessings 🙂