Advent 2012

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of rushing around to make the perfect holiday–only to feel a huge sense of letdown when the big day ends.  So, last year we decided to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  Rather than presents and Santa Claus, we focused on Jesus and giving.  Here’s what we did last year… I’ll share my 12 Days of Christmas ideas with you later on in December, but for now, I wanted to share with you what we’re doing for Advent this year.

Advent Dates for 2012

December 2 – First Sunday of Advent
December 9 – Second Sunday of Advent
December 16 – Third Sunday of Advent
December 23 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Family Devotions:  Last year, we read some Advent verses I found on Focus on the Family’s website.  But at the end of the season, I picked up a book called Our Family Christmas.  There are 28 devotionals, each with a verse, a short devotion, a family activity, and a prayer–all designed to help us focus on the Reason for the Season.  We’re going to do a devotional each day this year.

Something Fun:  Last year, we made a paper chain.  On each chain was a fun activity to do as a family.  We’re going to do this again this year.  Some are from the devotional, others are favorites from last year, and others are new!  Here are some of the items on my list:

1.  Go to a Christmas party!

2.  Make greeting cards for soldiers.

3. Go see a Christmas play.

4.  Send a thank you to Jesus.

5.  Go see St. Nick at the Sophienburg

6.  Wassailfest

7.  Deliver candy canes with Christmas message.

8.  Make gingerbread houses.

9. String popcorn

10. bake cookies

11.  Deliver cookies to the neighbors.

12.  Go shopping for Christmas sock exchange

13. Make ornaments

14.  Call Grandma and sing a Christmas song

15. Go see the lights at Santa’s Ranch

16.  Make peanut butter reindeer fudge

17. Wrap presents

18. Make paper snowflakes

19.  Watch a Christmas movie

20. Make popcorn balls

21. Go caroling

22. Make a Christmas Craft

23. Decorate cookies

24.  Christmas Eve!  Unwrap a present!

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