Christmas is a special time for us. We have chosen to claim this time of year as a special time to reflect on Jesus’ birth, his impact on our lives and his second coming. We were raised in a tradition that said that Jesus was not born on Christmas day so we should not make it a Christian holiday. However, my dh & I decided that instead of celebrating a secular holiday we would incorporate Jesus as much as possible. We celebrate Advent at home with candles, Scripture reading and Christmas carols after dinner each night as a way to focus our minds on what is important. This is a fun way to share with our guests the true meaning of Christmas without intimidating them.
What is Advent?
The word “advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus” which means coming or arrival. When we celebrate advent we are preparing our hearts and minds to celebrate not only Christ’s first arrival but to prepare ourselves in anticipation of his second coming. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year Advent started on Sunday, November 27, 2005.
Advent Celebrations vary from family to family. Most commonly they include reading of selected passages from the Bible, the singing of Christmas carols, prayer and an Advent Wreath with 5 candles (3 purple, 1 rose and 1 white one or 4 white ones with 1 red one in the middle).
This year we made an Advent link chain with the Scriptures on each chain leading to Christmas. Here is the pdf file you can download with the Scriptures ready to print out, cut out & make a chain with.
Here are some books we like that talk about adding Christ to your Christmas and celebrating Advent:
Even though there's a lot to do at Christmas, families still need some quiet time together! Here, for each Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve, are devotions by James Dobson, Chuck Swindoll, and more, plus plenty of hymns, questions to ponder, and things to make (such as an Advent wreath) that will build family traditions and help you truly celebrate Jesus' coming. 80 pages, softcover from NavPress. ">
Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration
By R.C. Sproul / Nav Press
Even though there's a lot to do at Christmas, families still need some quiet time together! Here, for each Sunday in Advent and Christmas Eve, are devotions by James Dobson, Chuck Swindoll, and more, plus plenty of hymns, questions to ponder, and things to make (such as an Advent wreath) that will build family traditions and help you truly celebrate Jesus' coming. 80 pages, softcover from NavPress.
|Celebrating A Christ-Centered Christmas: Ideas From A-Z
By Sharon Jaynes / Moody Publishers
Join Sharon Jaynes as she explores with you, A – Z, ways to celebrate a Christ-centered Christmas. Advent, Customized Candy Canes, Dinner Conversation, Kitchen Jars, Nativity Scenes, Open Heart, Open Home, Ready Redefined, Variety of Simple Gestures, and Yearly Traditions are just a few of the ideas she has for transforming Christmas from a dreaded obligation, and a major retail event to a time of joyous celebration, honoring Christ giving His life so we would have eternal life. Hardcover, 120 pages.
Christianbook.com also has lots of wreaths and other
We also have the Fisher Price Nativity Set for the kids to re-enact the Christmas Story.
We want to make wonderful memories with our children and use every opportunity we can to praise God and bring Jesus into everything we do. Christmas time gives us a perfect opportunity to do that.