Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent Season

My kids have anticipated December 1st because of Advent.  They remember the last two years of our nights celebrating the season of Advent.  We typically do family devotion time right before bed but they were so excited tonight that we started at 6:30 p.m.  I took a few pictures with my phone so you could see what we do.  

We most always start with Dan leading us in worship.  We typically sing songs they know from church or Micah's school.  We switched to Christmas songs tonight.  (Micah most always sits with me to avoid the crazies coming out!)

We have two advent systems.  One was created by a lady in our church, Debbie Joiner.  It's a little box with drawers.  Each drawer has an ornament to place on a tree with a coordinating paper telling the meaning of the ornament and scripture.  Tonight, Micah got that one out of the box and hung the ornament on the tree while Jonah read the paper.  

The second is a kit I bought from Blessings a few years ago.  It came with a cardboard tree but we tossed it after the first year and just use the ornaments on a simple little tree.  These ornaments have scripture on one side and a "to-do" on the other side.  For instance, today's verse was 1 John 1:7 "Let us love one another because love comes from God."  The other side said "Do a kind deed for someone."  Because it was nighttime, we were a little limited in what we could do but we wanted to complete the task for the day so we called our friend Debra who just lost her husband and sang Christmas carols to her over the phone.  She wasn't home so we left it all in a message.  I hope it doesn't terrify her. 

We took the only Christmas card (Shout out to the Torres family for being ON THE BALL!) we've received so far this year and talked about them and prayed for them.  During this season, we will do that each day with all the cards we receive that day.  Then, after the Christmas season, we will just pull one a day to pray for.  If other cards don't come soon, the Torres family is going to be completely prayed for.  :-)

And, just for reality sake, I feel you should know that in the middle of prayer requests, Micah blurts out "Look at me, everyone...I'm an X!"  (Life with Micah...)

We're excited about another season of Advent and helping our family focus on the real meaning of Christmas.  We are intent on helping them realize the season is not about Santa, not about gifts, not about parties but THE Greatest Gift...Immanuel GOD WITH US!!!

P.S.  Our family will be ringing the Salvation Army bell from 5-8 p.m. this Thursday at the new Publix.  We would LOVE for you to come see us there and bring a donation for Salvation Army.  

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Amber said...

I've ALWAYS wanted to ring the bell!!! How do you volunteer?!?

Barb said...

I love these traditions. I will get my Christmas card out to you ASAP so the Torres family doesn't have a monopoly on your prayers. :)


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