Advent is something that we look forward to each year.
It is such an important part of the Christmas season for us and I love that each night we slow down to focus on Christ.
We try to keep our traditions each year and hope that as the kids age, we will still gather together for Advent celebration.
This year, I designed our wreath around little silver pails, mossy greens, and sprigs of pine and lavender from our yard.
I numbered each little pail with a permanent marker.
I thought it would be easy for Jack to see what week we are celebrating.
I filled each pail with barley and inserted the candles. Dry beans would work just as well.
Don't you love cake stands?
I use them for practically everything and Advent is no exception!
We light a candle each night at dinner, pray together, and talk about one thing that we are most thankful for that day. Then we eat by candlelight.
After dinner, we clear the table and read a devotion.
This year, we are using Ann Voskamp's lovely "A Jesse Tree Advent Celebration."
What a beautiful FREE book of family devotions!
I am excited to go through it with the kids.
We also try and read a Christmas story from this book...
My Aunt used to read it after lighting the Advent candle each night and she gifted to me the first Christmas Darren and I spent together. I just love it!
I hope and pray that this Christmas season opens your heart to contentment and happiness with your loved ones.
Advent is a time of peace and focus on Christ and what He came for.
He didn't come for the presents, or the rush, or the hustle and bustle of trying to out-do another.
He came for us...
He came to serve those who were "the least of these..."
What will you do this Advent to seek out those who need love, food, help, or prayers?
Showing who Christ is speaks louder than any word.