Advent

Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

I love that word expectant.    Oftentimes we are willing to wait, and wait, and wait, and we deal with the waiting by staying busy and not thinking about the fact we are waiting for something.

Advent is different.  This is a waiting with expectation.  That expectation is what makes the waiting exciting.  That expectation is what keeps our focus on Christ in the midst of a long season of silence.

So I have tried to instill that expectation, that excitement of what is to come, in my kids this Christmas season.  This preschool advent book is helping us in the process.

Every night we are reading and talking about the stories leading up to Christ’s birth.  They make an ornament over the story as we discuss.  They are always so curious about what the ornament is going to be and excited to sit and make something for our tree.

Every year we try different advent ideas, and this year’s has been my favorite so far.  All three kids truly are waiting with expectation for the story and ornament making craft at night.

They’ve even enjoyed acting out a scene or two

The point is, waiting with expectation is fun.  In the past I’ve tried to hard to make things serious and prepare their little hearts for more than they could ever possibly understand.  This year, I’m focusing on learning to wait with expectation for the incredible things God is about to do.

 

4 Responses to “Advent”

  1. TaLessa December 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Love these pictures!

    • kari December 21, 2011 at 1:40 am #

      thanks =)

  2. Sara Beth December 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    We do our similar with a Jesse Tree–sounds about the same. We started it about 4 years ago. I really love it. Your ornaments look better than ours! Ha!

    • kari December 21, 2011 at 1:40 am #

      We’ve always done a Jesse tree in the past too and they’re great. I’m just not great at making the ornaments and everything ahead of time! This one is geared just towards preschool age and its worked out better for us this year. If i remember correctly, don’t you sew all the ornaments for your Jesse tree?!!! I’m sure yours look quite a bit better than ours!!!

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