This year, I admit, Thanksgiving snuck up on me. With a fall filled with breast cancer possibilities, biopsies, lumpectomies, and over a month of allergic reactions in my son of an unknown origin, it was like Thanksgiving just happened. We did spend the week and a half before doing a Bible study that helped us focus on the true value of thankfulness and how much the Lord has blessed us with, so that helped. But, in the end, Thanksgiving this year just… was.
With Christmas right around the corner, this year we decided to regain our focus. When we attended an Episcopal church when the children were younger, we celebrated Advent, lighting our candles every night and praying over the light that Jesus brought to the world and is for the world. It was a wonderful time. When we joined the Baptist church, we left that tradition behind.
This year, however, we decided to celebrate Advent in a little different way, a way that will hopefully prepare our hearts for the true meaning of Christmas.
To begin with, we decided to follow the Advent Reading Plan from the Christmas Countdown by Proverbial Homemaker. You can check it out here. I’m not affiliated with the website, but I’ve been a subscriber for a couple of years now, and I really love Tauna’s stuff. This idea is no exception.
Each day we will read together from the Bible following a set plan that starts with who Christ is and follows through to the return of Christ. As we do this, I hope that we can spend time together focusing on the fact that—even though people cannot prove exactly what day Jesus was born—Christmas is the day that was so important that time is actually divided based on its existence. It is the day we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
We also plan to spend time as a family, as well. Too often, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget that Christ calls us to love one another. We decided as a family to spend time loving each other this year. To do so, we will be using the great idea from the Proverbial Homemaker Christmas Countdown, as well. We wrapped enough holiday picture books to read one every night. (We actually wrapped enough to start the reading a little early since we had so many winter and holiday books!
As a bonus, we decided to sing a carol each night since the kids love carols so much. Yay!
Every night we already spend time together telling what we’re thankful for and praying together, as well. My prayer is that this holiday season we will be able to enjoy not only each other, but stay focused on what Christmas is all about. I hope that each of you can find a way to do the same thing, too.
God bless and merry Christmas!