Getting Ready for Advent

If I am completely honest, I have to admit that Christmas is not my favorite holiday. I don’t know when or exactly why it happened, but for as long as I can remember, Christmas makes me kind of sad.

I want to love it for my kids if nothing else. So I am really trying. Last year we celebrated Advent and it really did help us take time to reflect and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.

Last week I went out to Hobby Lobby and got little envelopes that the Bible verses and the message about their treat or activity will be in.




I found a list on Pinterest last year for the verses and plan on using it again this year. It comes from a great site called The 36th Avenue


photo credit: The 36th Avenue

I came up with the little gift or activity for each day.

Some include:

Drive around and look at lights

Christmas movie night with a Christmas snack

Starbucks gift cards


Make and decorate cookies

Go to a Christmas concert

Make ice cream cone Christmas trees


making ice cream cone Christmas trees 2014

We’ve decided to do another activity to help turn the kids attention to others instead of themselves. I hope to share that with you tomorrow.

In the meantime, if anybody out there has suggestions or some ideas of ways to make Christmas more meaningful and enjoyable, I’d love to hear them! I can use all the help I can get.

4 thoughts on “Getting Ready for Advent

  1. Trust me, Samantha, you are NOT alone. I love the spirit and meaning of the holiday, but commercialism sours the whole season for me.

    I was just thinking about this very subject this morning and considering writing a blog post about it myself. Maybe between you and me (and many more, I am sure), we will help ourselves and others rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Best wishes. 🙂


  2. Great post about Advent! I have a post I just released today about that same thing listing some things we do or have done. I LOVE your envelopes idea, its awesome and so simple. I think that is something we really need to do, keep it simple, focus on God in the midst of the commercialism and political correctness of it all. Here is my blog post. I hope you like it.
    gonna go check out KTC’s post now.


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