Saturday, November 29, 2014

Advent resources.

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:

(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!

Names of God ornaments like these or these 

Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Other Jesus-centered books to celebrate advent

Advent readings and ornaments for kids
Names of Jesus

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)

Music ideas
Shane & Shane Glory in the Highest 
Joy: An Irish Christmas by the Getty's

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