The glow from the single purple candle fills us with anticipation as we sit around the table together to begin this year's Advent journey. This first light represents Prophecy - such a mysterious concept. The Bible is rich with prophetic words about the coming of Christ that the world largely misses. When you explore the prophecies concerning Jesus with your children, you are opening their minds and hearts to why Christmas is important. I believe we influence how they will experience Christmas for the rest of their lives.
Isaiah 7:14 and 9:2, 6-7 tell us of God's promise of a savior. Matthew 1:21-23 tells us that the promise was fulfilled and his name is Jesus. This is a great place to start. There are so many resources online for Advent readings. Over the years we have collected ideas from different books and websites. There are so many. Don't get overwhelmed trying to do everything that looks good. Here are some of our favorites:
1.Books by Arnold Ytreeide. There are three in this series. We rotate each year. The chapters are very adventurous stories meant to be read each night. Each ends leaving the kids eager to hear more.
2. A schedule of nightly scripture reading/Christmas songs for each week of Advent. The one I use was printed from the Focus on the Family website years ago. It's not available now. But google a few til you find one you like.
3. Christmas cards: Hang up the cards you receive or put them in a special basket. Each night pray for one of the families from whom you received a card.
4. Books like Redeeming the Season and Before and After Christmas give great craft and giving ideas: make a nativity, gingerbread stable, garland, etc.
There are so many great books and resources. What are some of your favorites?