Posted on December 14, 2016
The Season to be Realistic
I started writing this a month ago (on a piece of paper), as a post about our Advent plans for this year. Needless to say, I did not get round to publishing it or even typing it until now! Our ‘new’ baby is now three months old, and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat for me, as I try to fit normal life in between feeds and nappy changes!
We are really enjoying our new daughter/ little sister, and now that I am getting slightly more sleep, I am managing to do things like taking our 8 and 9 year olds to swimming lessons and the like, rather than relying on my husband to do it all.
I have just finished reading Sally and Sarah Clarkson’s book The Lifegiving Home, which is full of ideas for Christ-centred family traditions. Our family has always enjoyed celebrating Advent, particularly since we started home educating. You can see my post on preparing for a Christ-centred Advent last year here.
Personally, I really love this time of year, and the fun of spending time together focusing on our Saviour’s entry into this world as a baby. However, I know that it is not an easy time of year for everyone. If that is you, please read Sarah Behan’s encouraging article for those who are dreading Advent.
I have had to be realistic about what we can accomplish this year. Instead of a new Advent devotional this year, we are using the familiar-to-us but lovely Jesse Tree (see more on this in last year’s Advent post if you want to learn about the Jesse Tree concept).
We are reading aloud Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, which I downloaded to my Kindle for free. We also have our usual selection of Christmas books on the window sill, and I have been keeping an eye out for one more that I might add this year. I like the look of some of the books that Claire of angelicscalliwags mentions here.
We are also making things that require no advance preparation or input from me, listening to lots of Christmas carols, and watching some of our favourite Christmas films. On the subject of family viewing, Moore Family Films are having a sale on their DVDs between now and December 31st 2016.
More than anything else, I want to foster an atmosphere of love for God and love for each other in our home. If our family traditions at Advent (or at any other time of year) do that, then I will be satisfied, but I am glad of God’s grace not to feel under pressure to reach any particular level of busyness or measurement of achievement against what others are doing.
For our family, ’tis the season to be realistic. Does your family do anything special for Advent? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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