For as long as I can remember my family has celebrated the season of Advent together. On December 1st my mom would hang the handmade felt Christmas tree and we’d tuck the sequin and bead-adorned ornaments into each of the twenty four pockets below the tree. Each day my brother and I would take turns removing one of the detailed ornaments and placing it on the tree. On Sunday evenings we had family supper at the dining room table, a candle-laden wreath in the centre. After the meal we’d read from an advent devotional book, and light a candle. It was always a special time both for us as a family and for me individually.
Now that I have my own little family, the idea of beginning our own Christmas traditions excites me, so much so that I’ve been inspired to create this simple and straightforward advent devotional for my family and yours! My hope is that this booklet will help focus our hearts on Jesus during a time that can become about everything else but Him.
I picture you and yours sitting around a table, or cozied up on the couch under soft blankets, reading a few verses and talking about how these simple, yet profound words intersect with our everyday lives. Perhaps you’ll read it with your husband or wife and children, or with a close friend or mentor. Maybe it’ll just be a quiet moment between you and the Lord over a cup of coffee, with a candle lit in the middle of a table scattered with breakfast crumbs.
However you choose to experience it, my prayer is that these 24 days of Advent will be a time of waiting and preparation, a time of anticipation and excitement. At Christmas we remember and celebrate not only the birth of Christ, but the reality that He lives in us today!