Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and he will call him Immanuel.”
According to the polls only 28% of you went shopping on Black Friday and 72% of you didn’t! I was one of the 72% that stayed home eating leftovers and playing with my sweet girl. For those of you who went shopping hope you found some great deals!
Isaiah 9:6-7 ” For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, “Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Thank you God for giving us your son as our Savior. I will be grateful for this gift alone. Praise Jesus! Let’s spend time reading and meditating on these verses with our children so they can understand the true meaning of Christmas!
The poll results indicated that 66% of you do Christmas shopping in November! You early birds you! 34% of you start your shopping in December and no one is done yet! Well, I hope you all have your lists made out and get some great deals this holiday season. Remember it isn’t the cost of the gifts it is the thought and the love you put in it that matters! Happy shopping!
I made this little ditty in about 20 minutes! I’m getting into the Christmas spirit! This was so easy and I love the colors! Try making your own wreath you’ll save money and add a little love to it!!
Christmas, ahh don’t you love it! The presents, the tree, the food, the fun and the priceless excitement in your children’s eyes on Christmas morning. It is a spectacular time of year. During all of the hoopla it is easy to loose sight of the real reason we are celebrating Christmas, which is the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Years ago, I made it my mission that in our family we acknowledge and praise Jesus during the days leading up to Christmas. So I decided that Advent would become one of our holiday traditions. If you don’t already celebrate Advent, I encourage you to try it with your own kids. Here’s a quick rundown of what Advent is and what you’ll need.
What is Advent
Advent means, “the coming or the arrival.” It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year it begins on Sunday, November 27th. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas we celebrate the gift God gave us his son Jesus Christ our Savior! Advent is a time to reflect on how significant this gift to us as believers.
What do you Need for Advent Wreath Tradition?
1. A Wreath- the wreath is a circular garland of evergreens. The circle of the wreath represents eternity. You can buy the wreath that has the candle holders in them or you can just buy the candle holders separately
2. 5 Candles– You’ll light one candle every week and then all five on Christmas Eve or Day. The 1st 4 candles go outside of the wreath and the 5th candle is placed inside the circle.
1st Week- Purple Candle- represents Hope often called the Prophecy Candle
2nd Week- Purple Candle-represents Peace it is often called the Angel Candle
3rd Week- Rose Candle- represents Joy and is often called the Shepherds Candle
4th Week- Purple Candle- represents Love and is often called the Bethlehem Candle
White Candle- represents Christ
How do you Celebrate?
This is the fun part! Each Sunday you’ll light one candle that represents that week and read a verse of the bible for example, the 1st week is prophecy read Isaiah 9:1-7. I’ll be posting a calendar of suggested verses this week to help you along!
The second week light the second candle and so forth until Christmas Eve or Day and then light all five candles, this leads to lighting the white candle representing Christ and celebrating his final arrival. This is the perfect to read the scriptures on the birth of Christ, discuss the role each person played, and talk about the characteristics and virtues of those at the manger that blessed day.
Advent is a wonderful tradition to introduce your family to and to keep them focused on Christ. I’ll be sharing our Advent traditions and would love to hear your traditions.