Well, I am so amused by all the blogs with Advent printables and activities.
Don’t get me wrong, I love their stuff and it’s fun. Most of it is busy work and will be thrown out as soon as it’s completed.
But, you know, Advent began on November 27. All these blogs are just doing the countdown to Christmas, beginning on December 1. That’s fine, I guess. So many churches are all modern and don’t do Advent wreaths and candles. They don’t follow the liturgical Christian year. That’s ok. Most people don’t even know what that is.
I am overwhelmed by all the choices of activities that I could be doing with my family this season. I am commercialed out. I have received too many emails since before Thanksgiving telling me about their amazing sales and deals.
I AM DONE.
We have no one visiting (and never have – being an Air Force family, we just resign ourselves to our little family of 6 for all holidays). We can do the bare minimum of decorating and no one complains. We don’t need thousands of dollars of toys under the tree to be happy. We don’t have to bake 54 different kinds of cookies. We don’t have to do those icky glittery sticky handmade ornaments if we don’t want to.
Elf on the Shelf? Really? Too much effort and it’s just really silly. Maybe if the elf really did crazy stuff – like dishes and laundry. I don’t need to trick my kids into being “good.”
All the crafty Advent activities for kids? Sounds good, but lots of prep work. ugh, I am so tired. Tried to do the Jesse Tree last year and I think the kids are too young to understand.
Advent stories? Do I really need fictional historical accounts that my kids can’t follow anyway? (mostly because they’re ready for bed and zoning out)… Um, what about The Bible?
Here’s our family Advent wreath. Of course, the one at our church is bigger and has a festive greenery wreath, but I like the Celtic knots on this one.
Here is our paper chain for the Christmas tree. Each color represents something about Jesus. I hope to have this completed this week and on that tree.
Let us be lights for our children and teach them the true meaning of Christmas.
Candy canes and gingerbread and Santa are ok, as long as they are secondary to the Nativity.
Being busy doesn’t teach our children about Christ or the Advent season.