Advent begins tomorrow.
It's my favorite time of the year besides Easter.
We fight hard against the busy-ness,
to make a quiet space to reflect and wait on a Savior King, born as a baby.
Our advent traditions have developed slowly over the years since we've had children; I've blogged about them here in 2010, here in 2011, and here and here in 2013. You can see how we've tried different things through the years, and found a rhythm for our family.
In addition to the ones we use that I've linked in my blog posts above, here are some other ideas and resources that may be useful as you plan Advent for your family:
Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper
(Click here for a free ebook version.)
Shepherd’s pouch: John & Noel Piper gave each of their kids a small pouch in which to collect money (allowance, chore $, etc.) during December. As a family, they would decide where all their collected money would go: to a particular family in need, a particular ministry, a local outreach, a missionary overseas, etc. On Christmas Eve, everyone would bring their pouches to their dad and see how much $$ they'd collected together. By the next morning, the parents would fill the pouches with small gifts and treats for the kids. What a fun twist on stockings!
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Other Jesus-centered books to celebrate advent
Advent readings and ornaments for kids
Names of Jesus
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
Advent readings for older kids and adults
Good News of Great Joy by John Piper (free advent devo)
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper (another free advent devo)
Shane & Shane Glory in the Highest
Joy: An Irish Christmas by the Getty's