I think the early church fathers were on to something when they, centuries ago, noticed the dreariness of fall and winter—the change of the colors, the bleak snow-covered hillsides—and put the celebration of Jesus’ birth—Christmas—on the calendar during this cold and dark time. And to think that this was years before anyone knew about Daylight Saving Time ending.
I find that that dreariness is fought off through the celebration of Advent. In the midst of the darkest times of the year, Advent celebrates the joys of the Christmas season in its anticipation of the big day of Christmas. Advent, which starts this coming Sunday November 28th, is a time to reflect on God’s goodness this past year, thank Him for His presence and to allow Christmas Day to be with us a bit beyond the one afternoon or evening with family and opening presents. To this end, I’ve put together an Advent Guide that will show you what to consider as you make your own wreath and how to celebrate each Sunday of Advent together as a family. If you have celebrated Advent in the past, you know the fun that this practice brings you and your family. If this is your first time to consider celebrating, start now!
To download the Advent Guide, click here. And if you decide to celebrate, please let me know—I would enjoy knowing who is celebrating with my family this year.