Our family is celebrating Advent for the first time this year. For several years now I have been struggling with a way to get the real meaning of Christmas through to my daughter.
As a child there were several years where my brother and I received one present each, or none. I am grateful for that. It taught me that Christmas was not about getting gifts. It was about love, and family, and choosing to be happy. As the narrator on the Grinch movie says, “Christmas didn’t come from a store. Christmas meant a little bit more.”
But, I couldn’t bring myself to not by presents for my kids when we can afford it. Then, someone at church mentioned Advent was coming up. That sent me on a search as to what exactly Advent was. I found lots of Chocolate calendars, elf’s on shelves, Jesse trees, and small gifts given out every day for 25 days.
Then I discovered the Advent wreath. No candy, no presents, no extra work for me. Just light a candle and contemplate on God with your family. Perfect! We are enjoying it immensely, even my toy driven 8 year old. (She gets to light the candles at dinner.)
Do you celebrate Advent? How?