An Advent Family

We put up the Christmas decor (at least on the inside) on Monday. I finally got my candles for the Advent wreath yesterday. We also have a Jesse tree that we use to count down to Christ’s birth. I have had four young people asking me often when we were starting the Advent “thing.” I like their anticipation already. It’s hard to get everything done in an evening especially when a certain 6th grader saves all her homework for one night. Ugh.

Plus, I had to study vocab and spelling words with the 4th grader. Then we had to do reading with the 1st grader. I’m thinking of writing a post about why we choose to send our kids to public school. I’m still chewing on it. I’ll let you know.

Also, we had to eat. Thanks to my husband we had tamales he always buys from a minister whose church uses the proceeds to go on mission trips. So, tamales, rice, and salad it was. Pretty good, huh? I have to tell you that I got several comments like, “What else are we having?” “Which is the main thing, Mom?” I just laughed my nasty mom laugh and said, “Sit down and eat!” Not really. We prayed first.

Then there were dishes, baths, and guinea pig toenails to clip. Charlie had a curly claw. Ew. Time for a pedi. I thought you should know that Charlie has one pink and white front foot and one black and brown.

So, I know how you feel. It’s hard to get it all done. I’m still not done, and here I am at the computer instead.

But, we still sat down…all in one room. We chose a designated candle-lighter and candle-distinguisher. These are fought over duties every year during Advent in this house. Maile lit the candle. My husband read the Scripture. I reminded everyone of the meaning of Advent, the symbols of the wreath and candles. We prayed. Anna read the legend of the Christmas tree. Claire put the first ornament on the Jesse tree which symbolized the Word.

I breathed in and looked around at the clean sweet faces, glad to be in this moment. So very grateful for this imperfect, Advent family. Would you wait with us in this moment?

Ask God to show your family how you might anticipate that joyous day. Christ comes. It will be amazing.

We wait together.

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:1-5 (NLT)


6 thoughts on “An Advent Family

  1. Great post, Katie. I love Advent. It’s the one time of year that we make a deliberate effort to slow down and be together each evening. Even if that means letting the younger ones stay up late or leaving a party early. We read a book from the Jotham’s Journey series. It is amazing the discussion that those books inspire.

  2. I so often want our Advent activities to go smoothly and perfectly. For the kids to sit still and listen. But the Christ-child came for the imperfect, messy, and distracted souls like mine. Great post!

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