What is Advent?
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God.
During this time the faithful (Christians) are admonished to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love, thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world.
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Last year to celebrate the Advent season we used a Jesse Tree. The boys colored paper ornaments that we hung (taped) onto the tree each day. We then read the scripture for the day.
Look behind Jeffrey and you will see the Jesse Tree hanging on the door.
This year we made a paper chain with the scripture passage for each day written on each link. The boys this year will take turns cutting off a link each day and then we will read the scripture.
The paper chain got knocked down very quickly so I decided to hang it over the backdoor blinds. Jackson got to cut the first link last night because Jeffrey got to put the star on the Christmas tree.
This is such a busy and stressful time of year for us all. I am going try my best to slow down and remember and teach the boys what we are really celebrating--Jesus Christ. I pray that you and your family will do the same.