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Advent: 25 days of Christmas Challenge

AdventChallenge_Post2 Are you tired of the consumerism and the chaos of Christmas?

Are you tired of running and stressing and trying so hard to meet everyone’s expectations and demands, blowing your budget, and ending up feeling weary and tired? Every year do you pledge that next year you will do things differently?

This year is your chance. This year, you can decide to make Christmas about Christ.

Let me be the first to say, there is nothing wrong with presents and festivities and food and good cheer. Believe me, we enjoy and partake in it just as much as anyone! But this year I want to begin teaching my boys that there is more. So much more to this season and why we celebrate.

I’ll be honest and totally up-front, I am not an expert in Advent. In fact, we’ve never formally practiced it in our home but I want to! I’m making the commitment that this is the year we will start.

This year, I want to learn together with you. I’m not just talking about the 25 day countdown where we give little gifts to our kids each morning as we wait for Christmas to arrive. We do that. We’ve done that.

This year I’m expanding it to reflect the reason we celebrate. The real reason. But I’m not going to do this on my own. Since I’m learning right along with you, I’ll be sharing links to some videos each Sunday that help explain and teach us more about Advent. We are the Advent people.

Advent is what we call the season leading up to Christmas. It begins four Sundays before December 25, and this year it begins on November 30. Advent, the word itself, comes from the Latin and means “coming”. This season celebrates the fulfillment of the promise God made, the coming of his son.

This year, our family is diving in to the real season of Advent. The waiting for Christ.

If you’re ready to find more meaning in the 25 days before Christmas, I hope you’ll join us too. My hope and prayer is that it doesn’t add to your list of things to do, but makes your soul feel rest.

For our 25 days of Christmas we will incorporate the true meaning of Christmas as well as fun, meaningful daily things to connect with your kids as we await his coming. As we await Christmas. There are just a few things you’ll need:

  • An Advent wreath
    • (or 5 tall candles).
  • A way to countdown the 25 days of Christmas.
    • (a calendar, candles, or for a million ways to mark down the days, search Pinterest!)

That’s it! We’ll be starting on November 3o, the first day of Advent.

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