Advent Inspiration

by Michelle Acker on December 1, 2010

in Learning the Art of Living

The older I get, the more I love the idea of Advent,                                                                                                            and waiting for Christmas to arrive.

It really helps me to keep my focus on what’s important, and not freak out about all the overwhelming stuff going on and the  things piling up on my to-do list.

This year, I’ve found stumbled upon several ways to celebrate Advent, and thought I’d share them here.  (I realize that that the first Sunday of Advent was last Sunday, but… I wasn’t feeling well and missed church.  That has led to me feeling like the beginning of the boys’ Advent Calendar is the first day of Advent….I know, I’m all mixed up, but that’s just me.  I’m nowhere near perfect, so better late than never will have to do!)

Now, in the interest of being honest and intentional, I have to tell you that I would never be able to complete all of these.  It is my intention to do bits and pieces, taking what will work for us from each, and making our own hodge podge of Advent tradition.

~Jesse Tree Devotional from Ann Voskamp  (Available as a free download, print it out or save to to PDF).  For each day of Advent, it has: full bible text, read aloud devotional, an action point, and a full color ornament to decorate your tree…

~Read the book of Luke, one chapter a day.   There are 24 chapters, so one a day is just right to start today and take you through to Christmas.  What better way to celebrate waiting for Jesus’ birth than to read about His life? Credit for this idea goes to __________. I can’t find where I saw this. Whoever you are, I’m sorry I can’t find your name and give you proper credit.  Many thanks for the idea though.  I am definitely doing this, because of YOU.

~Check out this great Christmas Card tradition over at SomeGirl’s place…. an appropriate way to pass the time ‘waiting’…

~Count “the One Hundred Joys that God is going to put in my path for the next 31 days.” – A counting of blessings in both words and photos…

~The December Peace on Earth Challenge from Women Living Well.  Each week, a “practical tip and one spiritual tip that will bring you peace here on earth during this hectic holiday season”…

~Radvent Journal 2010- This idea has daily “journaling prompts, inspirational quotes, photos, and a special project or two.”  The idea is to “honor and respect the experiences from this year and re-examine…goals and hopes for the coming year”.  My wonderful sis-in-law sent me this yesterday.  Can’t wait to see what’s in store each day with this one… 🙂

Do you have a special Advent tradition or celebration?  I’d love to hear about it…

Leave a comment and tell us about it, would you?

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