How do you get ready for Advent? You don’t have to do warm-ups, prepare a big shopping list, or become buried under a huge pile of crafting supplies. But, there are a few things you might consider.
Find a Devotion Book
Whether you’re young or old, we can all prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior. I’m going to suggest you take a look at my family devotional, for families with young children: No Crib for a Bed: Daily Advent Devotions for Children and Their Families It’s the one pictured above. This can work well for short attention spans and has the convenience of being on Kindle. (Remember, you don’t have to actually own a Kindle to read Kindle books.)
Adults might like something a bit (quite a bit) deeper, like this: Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
Or, maybe you just dust off your favorite devotion book and dedicate yourself to reading it each day until Christmas.
A tradition I cherish is that of lighting the Advent wreath. It may take just a little effort, but if you can get your family to find time together once a day through the Advent season, please take the time to read a devotion and light the Advent wreath.
There are different styles of wreaths, with similar symbolism. The traditional wreath looks like this:
I will try to address the symbolism of the candles in a future post.
Ann Voskamp introduced her readers to a very interesting “Advent wreath” that is used from Advent to Ascension.
I like both ideas. Take the time to look them up and see which you would prefer to use.
Examine Your Schedule
We all talk about that “busy holiday schedule” as if there’s nothing we can do about it. But, I challenge you to look at your schedule now. Which things that you do every Advent and Christmas are truly important? Make sure those go on the calendar. Which things have you been thinking about changing or dropping? Bring it up with your family. Tell them that just for this one year, you would like to drop that activity. Tell them it’s a trial. You’ll see how it goes and decide if it’s something you need to do next year or not. Is there something you always thought you should do, but never have? Look into it now, because you know that busyness later may lead you to forget about it.
What do you do to get ready for Advent?