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With the Advent season nearly here, I wanted to share with you what we use in our homeschool. It has nothing to do with printouts or coloring pages, but everything to do with Jesus.
Like many of you, I have tried many different Advent calendars and printables over the years. Some have worked but I wanted more than opening doors filled with chocolate. I wanted my kids to appreciate the meaning of Advent. That it is more than baking cookies, or decorating the house. Advent is the anticipation of our King and that still in 2018 we are waiting for His second coming. This is not a tradition that we can take lightly or glance over as just a part of the Christmas holiday but that it is our holiday.
I know its a tall order and perhaps a very lofty idea but I have found two ways that have blessed our family during this season.
First is an Advent wreath on our table.
Most of you know what an advent wreath is, and maybe you have one too, but perhaps you need a new way of presenting this wreath. In our home we set out the wreath, place the candles in their spots, and we wait for dinner that first Sunday. That first Sunday we light one candle. Turn off all other ambient light, and that whole week we eat with only one candle. The following Sunday we add two and so the light grows. We can clearly see the Lord coming and lighting up our darkness the closer we get to Christmas Eve.
My kids love this tradition! We have had to make even and odd day rules for who blows out the candle but other then that its a special time for us.
Second is our Advent calendar.
Traditionally calendars are hung or placed under the tree and you open a door for each day. This calendar is similar but the message behind each piece tells the story of Jesus’s birth. Our advent calendar is Ann Voskamp’s Christmas tree. I was so tickled when she made the book which pops out as a 3D tree you can hang ornaments. In the past, I had downloaded, printed, tied, and hung each of her ornaments on various hooks, but the book keeps it all together.
Ann’s writing has been a staple in our house at the Advent season. Her stories on each card are written for young and old and we never tire of hearing the story of our King.
How we use Advent in our homeschool
In the morning before homeschool begins we use this time to open a door. Pull out the ornament. Read the story for that day, and praise God for His sons coming. What a glorious way to start any day! I love that this simple act has nothing to do what Santa, Chocolate or anything extra, but Jesus.
He is the beginning of our day and the end of the day. Sitting around the table in darkness there appears a light. We get to anticipate His coming all season long, which is what I wanted.
Our homeschool never felt so good!
If you want to add something simple to your day which is full of truth I am more then ok with you taking my ideas. If you do, please let me know how it goes with you.