We love Christmas! Three years ago we started celebrating Advent, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Advent means “coming” and it is a way to celebrate the coming of Christ. I love this tradition because it really helps savor the Christmas season.
Tonight we started our annual Advent reading and the book we selected is Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide. This book is the sequel to our last year’s reading, Jotham’s Journey by the same author. In addition to this book, we’ll be reading Russ Ramsey’s book, Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative. We are still anxiously waiting for this book’s arrival.
At the start of the reading, we lit our first purple candle. There are 5 candles total: 4 purple and 1 white. We light the first purple one on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and the second one the following Sunday, and so forth. On Christmas day, you’ll have all four purple candles lit in addition to the one white one. The kids love lighting and snuffing out the candle(s) and each child takes turn lighting every evening.
To make our tradition a bit more fun, we decided to give each child a new set of PJ’s (Thanks to Target’s Black Friday sale!) They were really excited in receiving new jammies and with giggles and smiles they got changed into them. After that, they settled down and got started with our Advent reading. We look forward to each night just being with one another, reading a chapter from the books, and savor the joy of the season.