By the time you read this, December will be a reality. And some of you will have presents wrapped, decorations up, and sugar cookies in the freezer. Others of you will still have pumpkins and an inflatable turkey on your front porch. Regardless, the official season of Advent will have already started because it starts in November this year, which always catches me a little off guard.
I fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. My Christmas decorations appeared much earlier than I meant them to, but I just got too excited and couldn’t stop myself once that first box was opened. On the other hand, our advent treat boxes only have candy in them because we somehow missed a few days in 2014 and six years olds don’t seem to mind stale chocolate kisses.
Advent– a season of anticipation, of expectation, of longing and waiting for. We anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth and we anticipate His coming return.
I really want to slow down, to enjoy and savor and focus on Jesus each Christmas. But each year it’s a battle to not be consumed by the choir concert cookies, missing address labels, the angel who suddenly doesn’t light up, the fun of Christmas gatherings, piles of friends-and-family-shoes in the entry way, and finding a good coupon code for Cyber Monday (which you will have also already missed by the time you read this).
Every year, we look for special ways to enjoy a season of advent with our children. We’ve read through books, made crafts, enjoyed service opportunities, set aside evenings for prayer and praise and I am so thankful for the ways those little moments of pause redirect my heart alongside theirs.
This year, I let our six year old set up the nativity scene for me. Then I “fixed” it. And then a few days later, she actually fixed it.
Please join me over a The Better Mom website to read how… and to access the Mom’s Advent Pause Calendar.