“The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before … What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s back fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.”
– Jan Richardson, Author/Artist
While November 29 marks the start of Advent, it’s not too early (or too late!) for you or your family to get a jumpstart on a new tradition of making space to cultivate a hunger for God and anticipation of His coming this Christmas season. We’re not asking you to add another “thing” to your Christmas to-do list. We’re inviting you to make this THE thing. Below we have compiled a list of resources to assist you as you explore the centuries-old observance of Advent.
Good Online Reads
This Advent, Stop the Clock by Mary De Turris Poust, a Catholic blogger
The Advent Conspiracy Read about what some people are doing to turn Christmas upside down
Books to Order
The Advent Book (For Families) by Jack and Kathy Stockman
Advent Storybook: 24 Stories to Share Before Christmas (For Families) by Antonie Schneider
Advent Service Ideas
Christmas Service Countdown (For little children)
We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any resources to add to this list? What does your family do for Advent? Do you have some favorite traditions that you could share with us? Please leave a comment below!