Advent is a season of joy; not the glorious joy of Christmas, perhaps, but the joy of eagerly anticipating the great gift we will receive in the human birth of Christ and later at his Second Coming. Advent is a time of anticipation and preparation for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the World, and the Prince of Peace. Below you will find a variety of activities you can do as a family to prepare for the coming of Emmanuel.
HOW TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF ADVENT
when we are already so busy celebrating the Christmas season.
Decorating....shopping....gift wrapping....Christmas parties....all these things distract us from the season of Advent. This year, make a special effort to bring the Advent traditions to the forefront of your seasonal celebrations and keep the Christmas season a joyful celebration to be anticipated. Click on the suggestions below.
Advent Wreath - set up an Advent wreath in a central gathering space in your home suggest as the dinner table. Download the Advent Wreath Prayers to the left. Every evening of Advent pray the prayers as a family and light the Advent candles.
Advent Chain: Counting Down to Christ - And Advent chain is a fun way to celebrate the season of giving while also celebrating the season of anticipation. Each day, children perform a good deed and add another link to chain decorating the Christmas Tree.
Jesse Tree - In the month before Christmas, the church anticipates the coming of Jesus, the light of the world, through readings that span from the Old Testament creation story through Jesus’ birth. Jesse, for whom the tree is named, is the first person in the genealogy of Jesus. Depicted in church windows and artwork for hundreds of years, this visual tree of life may even have been a forerunner of today’s Christmas tree.
Download the Jesse Tree ornaments and daily reflections to the left. Decorate your Christmas Tree with the Jesse Tree ornaments and save the Christmas ornaments for Christmas Eve. You can also use a table top tree or just cut one out of paper and display it in the house.
Family Faith Advent Pages - To the left, download Family Faith pages for each grade level for more ideas on how to bring the Advent season home.
Oh, come all ye faithful! Rejoice, for unto us a child is born!