We enjoyed advent so much this year. It was really wonderful to celebrate as the culture in general celebrated. We tried to avoid the annoying side of that, like Christmas music overload and crowds in the stores. It was also fun to have a COLD Christmas this year! We tried to keep some of our tried and true traditions while also throwing in some new ones (like UDF eggnog and peppermint shakes while driving around looking at lights). Here are a few of them…
This year, we put a basket of Christmas books under the tree rather than presents. Although I had to keep replenishing it from the library, it was a good way to avoid the feeling that Christmas is centered around gifts- and it helped Silas be a lot more patient about the countdown. I think this will be a permanent tradition.
Advent devotions. Although we didn’t get these in every night, we did some of the readings from The Jesus Story Book bible and thought that worked well as each story ties in at the end to the coming of Jesus.
The day of the kid’s Christmas program at church, we decided to make a day long adventure out of it. We at a packed lunch and supper at the church (taking advantage of the church microwave, we cleaned all the random leftovers from our fridge in one day!) and in between, we went to visit this lovely lady. Ruby Byler is our team mate Dan’s mom. She lost her husband this fall and is now living in a retirement community. The kids enjoyed meeting her for the first time and hearing about Christmasses past. What a great lady!
We also went to see the zoo lights but I’ll save that and the Christmas play for another post….