Monday, November 30, 2015

Celebrating Advent

This year to celebrate advent, we are doing some things differently and others different. Last year I bit off more than I could chew and we ended up ditching most of it! 
Photo by Naptime Diaries
This year for my personal study time, I decided to do Naptime Diaries Advent Devotional which starts tomorrow December 1st. The Devotional is sold out BUT they have made a digital PDF version that you can purchase in their shop if you want to join in! 
Max and I had planned to do She Reads Truths Advent study last year but life happened and we had too much planned during that season plus we were dealing with some other issues so we didn't end up doing much of it so this year, we are slowing down our schedules as much as possible and have plans to try to do last years again since we have the book. I debated this year between Naptime Diaries and She Reads Truth Advent studies and decided to give Naptime Diaries a try but SRT looks really good too so if you don't want to pay for the Naptime Diaries one, go with SRT. They started yesterday, the traditional first day of Advent.
As a family, we are doing the Advent wreath again. And Maxwell is planning and will be leading our family in what we will be doing as a family each week. The plan is to read a verse or verses that goes with the candle (prophecy, bethlehem, shepard, angels, Christ) and then sing a hymn that goes along with it and teach it to the kids all week. Both our kids love music so we know they will enjoy this!
We will do as much as we can to prepare ourselves and our kids for the real meaning of Christmas- Christ, while not putting too much pressure on ourselves and on our plates. We have lots of fun things planned this year for our 12 Days of Christmas fun but that is where our limit will be. Later this week I'll share our 12 Days of Christmas plan with you!

Happy Monday!
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