We've been having fun this December learning about the coming of our Savior - commonly called Advent. This is our first year adding this tradition so its definitely a work in process. We purchased a set called "adornaments" for the kids a few years back, Drew is finally old enough to enjoy listening to the stories. We set up a small fake tree in the entry way with little lights and each night read a verse out of the Bible which is associated with one of the adornaments. We also added a few of our own - a snowflake to represent Luke 3:16 to remember the importance of water and the miracle of baptism and God's outpouring of love and forgiveness for each of us.
"John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."We also added an angel which was passed on to me by my Mother In Law, it belonged to her mother, the little green angel sits proudly under the tree and represents Luke 2:9-11 to represent the fantastic news that the angel brought to the shepherds.
"An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
Finally on Christmas Eve we will be placing our gift to Jesus under the advent tree. This special tree will be the home for our most treasured and prized gift - the gift of ourselves. In this little laminated book , it will show pictures of various ways we've served others this Christmas season - the most exciting is the water buffalo that we were able to help purchase for a family in India (http://www.gfa.org/).