Sunday, December 2, 2012

advent is here


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Advent begins today.

We are reading Good News of Great Joy by John Piper and Bartholomew's Passage by Arnold Ytreeide. We read the first chapter of Bartholomew's Passage just a few hours ago, and Connor was already anxious over the cliff hanger in the very first chapter (we've read Jotham's Journey, and he knows he will continue hanging over the cliff for the next month).

After our reading, the kids started placing their "straw" in the manger Brian made us last year, to prepare it for Baby Jesus on Christmas morning. We're doing this a little differently this year ... instead of cutting straw for kind deeds, we're just having each child cut a piece and place it in the manger after our Advent reading each night. Simple.

I didn't get our Advent Wreath made, so we just lit a green candle and set it in our Nativity. I looked around on Pinterest, and I think I'll skip a wreath all together this year, and just make a small centerpiece of candles and leftover Christmas Tree branches. Simple.

I also splurged a few months ago on this Journey to Bethlehem Advent Calendar, and the kids seemed pretty excited to be adding something new this year. It's very pretty, and each door opens to reveal another small picture and just a bit of the story of Mary and Joseph's journey. Simple.

O come, O come, Emmanuel.