“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God.” Isaiah 40:9
When I had children, I was intentional about bringing Jesus into the Christmas season. Yes, I wanted my children to experience the magic of Christmas: the twinkling lights, the glistening tinsel and all the traditions that went along with the season. But I also wanted them to know the real reason why we were celebrating Christmas: the miraculous birth of our Savior! So, I filled my home with books, music, and Bible verses focusing on Jesus’ birth. However, despite all my efforts, it never felt like enough, like I was slightly off target.
For the past month, my husband and I have been discussing the concept of Advent. What is it? Why is it important? How does one strike a balance between celebrating Christmas with its twinkle lights, and still focusing on the true wonder of season? What can I learn from Advent? How can I avoid getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the typical Christmas?
I invite you to explore some of the answers I have to these questions in the month of December. Starting tomorrow, I will be posting twenty-five daily micro-blogs through Christmas day. Along with unwrapping Advent, I will be sharing a simple cookie recipe, or a favorite book, the history behind some of my favorite songs, and some favorite family traditions.
I promise these micro-blogs will be short, a paragraph or two (three at the absolute most). My prayer for these Advent posts is that they will not be just things to check off on your to-do list, but instead they will be a few moments of your day that you find restorative to your soul. Discover with me the true joy of Christmas for these next twenty-five days. And if you want to make sure you do not miss any of my blogs, please subscribe to my blog. It will come directly to your email daily. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your holiday season!