Advent: Preparing our hearts for Christmas

I did a little research on advent and it can begin anywhere from November 27-Dec 3, as the season of advent is 4 weeks from Christmas. It can be observed with various rituals and traditions. I don’t believe, however, you have to follow a certain ritual, or exact date to celebrate Advent. For me it is simply a time to prepare my heart as Christmas approaches…as we get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus!

ad•vent ⁄ ‘ad,vent / – the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

I also want to instill this in my children. That Christmas is not just about gifts, trees, and lights…but about the birth of our Savior! That IS Christmas!!  So, I want to share with you some advent cards I am reading and the advent devotions we are doing with the kids this December! There are many great ones out there, but this is what we landed on for this year  😉

1. The Wonder of the Greatest Gift– By Ann Voskamp. My mom gifted this Advent set to us this year and the kids were so excited (I actually was surprised how excited they were) !

This set has a devotional book for everyday along with an advent calendar door to open. Inside the doors are ornaments to hang on the big paper tree pop-up! My the end of advent the tree will be decorated with pictures that all tell a story..the greatest story of all!

2. The Jesus Story Book Bible. This is a great Bible for kids!  The description reads, “The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God’s great story of salvation—and at the center of their Story too.”

This year on instagram I happened to stumble across Crew & Co. They have created advent cards that go along with the storybook Bible! I was so excited. The cards have a verse with an illustration on them and the title of what Bible story to read!

3. Christmas Advent Calendar Cards. These are beautiful scripture advent cards by ColeyCreated! If you’ve been following along with me you will have already seen them  🙂  I’m also sharing them on my insta stories everyday so we can read and reflect on them together!

I hope these have given you some ideas, either for this year or next  🙂  As always, thanks for reading!!

xoxo,

 Danielle

Canvas Joy Sign

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I couldn’t decide if I wanted to keep my house with neutral-traditional Christmas decor or bright and colorful! Such a dilemma! I decided to go with the fun colors in the kids play area and keep the rest neutral. I thought it was a good compromise and allows me to dabble in both…since I’m indecisive. 🙂

This “Joy” sign sees almost too simple to even blog about, but I’ll show you how I did it! img_0069I took an 8×8 canvas from Michaels and wrapped it with some merry & bright (thats what it made me think of anyways!) wrapping paper from Target’s dollar section. I used some strong clear packing tape to secure it.

img_0070I also had some adhesive letters stashed in my closet, from Target’s dollar section, and decided to spell out “joy”. I peeled off the backs and stuck them on the front.

img_0077And that’s that. Easy peasy, as my 4 years old says.

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This is a fun, easy, and cheap way to add some Christmas cheer! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

Danielle