Wednesday, December 18, 2013

More Advent Traditions We Are Enjoying...



Our family tries to keep Christ in Christmas in many ways as shared in my Advent post HERE and just this year our family is learning more about the "O" Antiphons with our lapbook activity that I blogged about HERE.

As in year's past, we still put straw (yellow yarn) into Baby Jesus' basket/manger as my children make sacrifices or do good deeds throughout Advent. By Christmas morning, Baby Jesus will have a soft bed to lie in.  You can read more about this tradition HERE.

I wanted to add a few new resources we have especially enjoyed this Advent.

First up, is the family reading of Bartholomew's Passage.
Our family has really enjoyed this family story for Advent and it's one of those books that my cupcakes keep begging us to continue reading at the end of each chapter!

There are two other family stories for Advent by the same author that we have read in year's past which are Jotham's Journey and Tabitha's Travels.  We pick one of these three books to read as a family during each Advent season. 


Another Advent resource we have enjoyed as a family this year is a DVD called Advent Calendar on DVD, A Christmas Countdown for December. Each day in December there is a short video clip, about 2-3 minutes long, that talks about various topics including Advent history,  origins of Christmas carols and Christmas traditions, and just various topics surrounding the Christmas season.  It's very interesting and holds everyone's attention, adults and children alike. 


I hope you are having a blessed Advent!

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