Today the girls and I put together our family advent wreath from the boughs we cut during our snow shoeing adventure yesterday. Here you can see Sarah help Rebekah place the Christ candle in the center of the wreath.
Below is the finished wreath. I think they did a beautiful job. It truly is lovely. I am looking forward to the start of advent on Sunday.
This year we plan to use the advent wreath as a way to enjoy the season as we prepare not only for the birth of the baby Jesus but also in preparation for Jesus' return. It is so important for us to instill the true meaning of the Christmas season in our children's hearts. Especially when the world is doing its best to fill their heads and hearts with fleeting, worldly desires.
Each day we will light the appropriate candle, read a passage of scripture, share a simple devotion, sing a Christmas hymn and close with prayer. Every day a different child gets to participate as the advent helper. They choose the hymn, light and extinguish the candle, and read the scripture. Being involved get the girls excited about advent and helps them focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
For another look at how one family uses an advent wreath as well as some tips to get you started if you are new to this check our Molly's blog at http://counterculturalschool.blogspot.com/search/label/Advent
She has some wonderful ideas on making the Christmas season focus on Christ along with ways to include all your family.
Why not start a new Christmas tradition this year. You'll be making sweet memories for you and your children.