Recently, we asked our boys why we have Christmas - their responses were expected: Santa! Presents! Christmas Tree!
Boy oh boy - we have some work to do.
I asked them if they knew WHY we celebrate Christmas? Nope. I asked them if they knew what Advent was? No clue.
We decided that this year, as a family, we would work on what Advent means to us, as Christians in today's world. It's a time of preparation, of anticipation, and rejoicing. To help remember these lessons I made an advent candle wreath for our home, which we will light with the boys each Sunday evening of Advent before they go to bed. That, along with the advent calendar of books I'm preparing (another post) we're hoping to have some real, honest, open discussions with our boys about why we celebrate Christmas, what we believe, and how to make that a part of our everyday lives.
Onto the project!
I started by gathering supplies:
- votive candles (Walmart, $1 ea)
- White pillar candle (Walmart $2)
- Christmas decorative sprigs (Michael's $1.69 ea)
- side cutters
- LED light pack (Michael's $7.50)
- twine or leather stringing
Place somewhere in your house and put the white Christmas/Christ candle in the centre.
Here's a couple of resources for Advent and kids that I have been using to help me prepare for this season with my kids:
How are you celebrating the season of Advent with your kids? Do you have any go-to resources?
Here's to the season of waiting, anticipating, and preparing.