During Advent we prepare for Christmas and prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus who came to save us from our sins. Our family celebrates and remembers in various ways. A new tradition we started this year is using a homemade Advent calendar.
After Halloween I snagged 72 candies from the kids stash (24 for each child). I used those candies for our advent treats. I filled 12 socks (in Toronto Maple Leaf colors) with 6 candies each. Each sock represents 2 days of Advent. Each day the kids thrust their hand into a sock and pull out a treat. Then we discuss the best Christmas gift ever – Jesus.
We also follow a Scripture reading plan that focuses on what Jesus has done for us. The kids then act out the nativity story using toy nativity pieces. So far Baby Jesus has been worshipped by Thomas the Tank Engine and Curious George. I’m curious to see who else will visit the manger this Christmas.
These stories provide the perfect opportunity to remind our kids that there is room for every soul around the manger and at the foot of the cross.