Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our Family's Advent Tradition

Last year was the first time for this Advent tradition in our family. It is basically an expansion of the traditional advent wreath; instead of lighting five candles we light one for each night. Before the candle is lit we read two passages of Scripture together- one from the Old Testament that foreshadows the coming of Christ in some way, and another from the New Testament that highlights how it was fulfilled in Him. We talk about the significance together and then with candles lit and lights out we sing a Christmas carol or hymn about that aspect of Christ's coming.

Coming up with the Scripture passages was really a great Bible Study for Ryan and me. It also has really helped me to think more deeply about the meanings of Christmas carols. The log itself was made by my father. Isn't it beautiful?
It was made it out of a poplar tree that he cut down in our woods. He flattened the log, and then drilled holes in the top for the candles.

We would like to build on this tradition by coming up with corresponding symbols for each night and doing something hands-on with our children with those images, but we haven't worked out the details yet.

I would love to hear about ways that you help capture the anticipation of Christ's coming with your family. Please feel free to share!

3 comments:

Sarah said...

We are starting traditions with our 7 month old son. We celebrated St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6) by filling his stocking, reading about the life of St. Nicholas, reading a book we have about the Miracle of St. Nicholas (a church in Russia after the fall of communism that experienced a beautiful Christmas miracle), and praying that we all would follow the example of this humble, generous, and loving bishop.

Kiley said...

I have read your blog many times before - i love this idea. We have a 6 year old, 2.5 year old and a 5 month old and i have been looking for something to do during Christmas time. I absolutely love this idea. Can you give me an idea of what scriptures you read and what hymns/carols you sing? if you could email them to me that would be great. kiheter@hotmail.com

I adore you blog and can't wait to read more.

Kiley said...

I have read your blog many times before - i love this idea. We have a 6 year old, 2.5 year old and a 5 month old and i have been looking for something to do during Christmas time. I absolutely love this idea. Can you give me an idea of what scriptures you read and what hymns/carols you sing? if you could email them to me that would be great. kiheter@hotmail.com

I adore you blog and can't wait to read more.