If you celebrate Christmas you have probably heard of advent. Advent in layman's terms are the 24 days leading up to Christmas that are supposed to help get you in the right mood to celebrate Christ's birth. If you are on pinterest, I am sure you have seen about a million pins with crafts, books, food, fun ideas, etc. that will all help you have a rockin' advent time.
I think all of those things are great, honestly, I do, but may I suggest something different. If you are supposed to be preparing your heart and mind for Christmas, for Christ's coming, why on earth would you stress yourself out with preparing crafts, and finding books to read every night? I love crafts, I love books, I love movies, I love making memories, but not in the name of stress.
There are some awesome, just down right great resources out there to help celebrate advent. I urge you to check them out, but feel no pressure to accomplish them. I bought a great resource a couple years ago that had us doing or making something every single day. It was great, it was helpful, but it was also stressful at times. I found myself some nights rushing through the activity because I felt obligated to do it, yet I just wanted Molly to go to bed so badly because I was so tired from being mom all day long. I wasn't really in the right mood, or mindset to truly get my heart prepared for advent. And I certainly was in no place to help my child understand advent, all she understood was glue here, sparkle there, and possibly something about Jesus.
Life is stressful, kids are stressful, the holidays are stressful, why add more stress to it? Please hear me, if you are in a position to do crafts daily, read special books, and do advent activities, please do that. I think that is awesome. We probably will do some special stuff, and make some special crafts. But most nights we will be reading from the "Jesus Storybook" Bible. We will follow this advent reading plan.
Truthfully, I don't think you have to do a reading, light a candle, or make an ornament. Just be still, find peace, and remember.
Remember why Jesus was sent to this earth, why he came to save us, and why God loves us so much. Take time to bask in his grace, and enjoy his gift, his son.