Today is the beginning of Advent ~ a time when we wait expectantly for the coming of Christ, and purposefully and intentionally prepare ourselves for his coming.
My all time favorite Christmas hymn is O Come, O Come Emmanuel and I've got a video of me playing it to share with you.
I'm excited to mark this season of waiting with two new (to us) activities.
The first is that the girls and I will be doing Truth in the Tinsel each morning for our Bible time in school. The past couple years I have tried to do Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree devotionals, but have found the girls were NOT getting the idea. The Truth in the Tinsel is geared towards younger kids and each day the girls will make an ornament that goes with the daily theme.
The second thing that is new to us is the beautiful, handmade cradle to cross wreath. Ann Voskamp's son makes these and I've been on a waiting list for quite a while. I was thrilled to receive mine in the mail a couple months ago.
Each night we will light a candle and move it towards the center. I haven't decided what we'll read each night around the dinner table, but likely it will be a portion of the Jesse Tree devotional I'm doing on my own, or readings taken from an advent book my family used when I was young.
What sorts of things do you do to mark this season of advent?