Growing up Advent was pretty much lighting a candle at the beginning of the church service each week before Christmas. And, we had one of those flap countdown calendars with verses.
Having a child seems to bring a sense of need to carry on traditions, create new ones, and to make sure they understand the reason for what we do (not that I even quite understand it all). So I was pretty excited when I found this book on sale this summer.
It’s probably not going to do much for Isabelle this year, but I think over the years it will help to incorporate what we are doing during the Christmas season. The book takes the Advent traditions (and ones we’ve added) and gives a small background into the practice, a craft of some sort and a teachable moments section.
For this year I will probably just do the countdown calendar (starting tomorrow!) and maybe add a couple of crafts throughout the month. Isabelle actually understands that something different is going on (mainly because of the tree in the living room!) and so I may be able to get her to connect with Jesus’ birthday.
I guess I’m just writing this to say that I’d like to make sure we are more intentional about this season. Are there things you’ve done with young kids to start them down this path?