When Christmas is coming you can tell by all the stores rushing out their decorations and sales while you’re out shopping for back-to-school supplies. So it’s easy to get lost in all the commercialism and the hustle and bustle of the season. The gift buying, the partying. But what if you want your family to focus in on the meaning of Christmas. If you want to spend the time awaiting the coming of the Christ child, there are many sites that help you to celebrate advent. You may want to celebrate each Sunday with your church. Or you can use the resources at these sites to celebrate with your family each day.
The Advent Conspiracy gets to the heart of the matter. Christmas used to be about the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. The Advent Conspiracy asks, “What if Christmas became a world-changing event again? They encourage you to Worship fully. Spend less. Give More. Love all.
This year, Give Presence > > > adventconspiracy.org
Catholic Online says that “during advent we recall the history of God’s people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled.” Resources abound here for Catholics celebrating advent. Learn about the significance of the advent wreath and the candles and how this all fits with the Christmas story.
Celebrate His coming > > > catholic.org/clife/advent
At the Christian Resource Institute Dennis Bratcher gives a background on the meaning of advent and makes suggestions on how to celebrate what is the the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. Bratcher says, “The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.”
Advent History and meaning > > > crivoice.org/cyadvent.html
SojournKids is the children’s ministry of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. For advent, they’ve assembled helpful resources for celebrating the season. Resources include a Bible lesson, music and an art project.
Advent resources for families> > > sojournkids.com/2010/11/celebrating-advent/
Jennifer Fulwiler was an atheist until she had a conversion experience to Christianity in 2005. On her blog Conversion Diary she talks about being a part of an orthodox faith after a lifetime of disbelief. She offers posts on liturgy and rituals. And after following up on her initial advent post, she offers simple ideas for quiet reflection and celebration.
Simple Advent celebrations > > > conversiondiary.com/2010/11/baby-steps-for-celebrating-advent-a-cornucopia-of-ideas.html
Waverly Fitzgerald writes her blog to “foster community and creativity around the issues of slow time, sacred time and seasonal time.” She updates her content seasonally. Writing about celebrations she gives a history of advent and offers suggestions for celebrating.
Celebrating Advent > > > livinginseason.com/celebrations/advent/
Focus on the Family believes that Advent is a time that can restore Jesus to the season of Christmas. Your own church or tradition may have established ways for celebrating Advent. But through the resources provided by Focus on the Family you can make Advent a meaningful experience for your family.
Advent for the whole family > > > focusonthefamily.com/parenting/holidays/making-meaningful-christmas-memories/celebrate-advent.aspx