I remember being so proud as my dad, dressed up in his suit and tie, walked me up in front of the congregation. My sparkly dress caught the light of the brass candlesticks as we moved down the aisle. My mom held a bible, marked at Luke 2, and my siblings marched next to me. We were chosen – the family the pastor asked to light the advent candles. It was a special role and I felt honored. To this day those moments of lighting the purple and pink candles are some of my sweetest holiday memories.
The Advent wreath is a time-honored tradition that started back in the time of Martin Luther.
Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. Advent means ‘Coming’ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.
It is designed to prepare our hearts for the season. In fact, if you’ve ever gone through a Christmas distracted and too busy, you know, like I do, that paying attention to the temperature of our hearts is the most important thing we can do this holiday season. Advent helps us do that well.
When I began incorporating this tradition into our home, I found that some of the Advent studies I purchased were too difficult and had too much information. I needed something that my family could actually do, that was only once a week, and got everyone involved. After looking and looking, I decided to create my own.
This curriculum is what I created. It is designed for families to do together through the month of December. Give various “jobs” to each member of your family for each of the lessons. Have one person light the candle, one person read the scripture, another highlight the activity. While young kids can do this study, it is especially designed for families with children ages 5 and up.
Advent makes our Christmas season rich and meaningful. It prepares our hearts for the Christ child, and makes room for God’s spirit to move and work. May you be richly blessed as you work this season through this study!
You can purchase The Advent Story HERE ($9.99)
To listen to my podcast on the meaning of Advent, go HERE.
This will give you a great overview of what Advent means and the importance of practicing it in your home.
A sample from the book: