It is especially important to me that I help my children unwrap the awesome reality that Christmas is. "for God so loved the world..." He made a way of salvation for all to see if they but look, really look at what Christmas is all about. My purpose this year is to help my children do just that - look, really look and see what God has prepared for them - this awesome Gift. Thanksgiving is a great preparation for December, really. It is a time to focus on God's character, provisions and blessings. It's a way of preparing the heart to go deeper with Him this Christmas season.
(If you want to see what we did last year to focus in you can click Christmas 2012)
In just two more days I am going to kick off my celebration of Advent and the start of this purposeful December and I hope you will join me!
To start, I wanted to better understand the word Advent so I looked it up. It is derived from the Latin, and since we're all Latin students at CC, I thought I would share what I found online at www.etymonline.com!
To kick off your Advent - I would really recommend preparing to do a Jesse tree with your kids. I read a fantastic book to better help me gain a deeper perspective on Advent through the Jesse tree by Ann Voskamp called The Greatest Gift. I'd highly, highly recommend it! You can purchase it by clicking below. A cool sidebar is that you can print off all the Jesse tree ornaments from her website with the code you are given in the book. This is what we're using this year for our Jesse tree.
By Ann Voskamp / Tyndale House
Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot--yes, a new branch bearing fruit from the old root...In that day the heir to David's throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, and the land where He lives will be a glorious place. Isaiah 11:1, 10
The nativity story didn't start with a journey to Bethlehem, an emperor's decree, or a virgin conception---it began with Adam! Exploring the lineage of Jesus through the Advent tradition of the Jesse tree, Voskamp retraces the epic pageantry of mankind from Genesis to God's greatest gift---his Son. A timeless reminder of the true meaning of Christmas!
With your purchase of The Greatest Gift, you'll be given access to an online resource where you can print out the 27 beautiful Jesse Tree ornaments featured in the book.
On the heels of Thanksgiving another great book I love by Ann is her One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.
|One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are|
By Ann Voskamp / Zondervan
Discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to everyday amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of experiencing the constant presence of God that will bring you deep and lasting joy. There is purity in simplicity and a breathtaking beauty that can be found even in life's slightest details. Ann Voskamp welcomes you in to explore her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting and writing and encourages you to draw nearer to Him and experience your own life in a deeper way, no matter where you are. Renew your appreciation for the beauty that permeates all creation with the wisdom-soaked pages of this Christian Living treasure.
Solagratiamom Advent Event
It is my prayer to inspire you to carve out this coming month to focus on our precious Savior and Lord allowing Him to be your focus and the focus of your family! Experience December like perhaps you never have before...purposeful, intently looking at the true Gift and Gift Giver -one day at a time.