Many Christians celebrate Advent. Advent is the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Its name comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming”. In Western Christianity, the season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve, or December 24.
There are some wonderful Advent traditions to share with your family. We are all busy, so the simpler the better. It’s easy to get caught up in the shopping and preparations that can distract from the true meaning of the season. Children get excited about creating things, and doing crafts or special activities which bring their focus back to Christ is a perfect way to keep them centered less on the “holiday” and more on “Christmas”.
Here are four activities we do in our family every Advent to help keep Christ in Christmas: [Read more…]