Advent begins today!

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This season is going to be different for our family.  We made it through Thanksgiving, we had tears and yes our hearts were sad.  We miss Natalie so much.  It is so strange having an empty place at the table, not hearing her laugh at all the activity in the house.  Memories flood my mind and I am so thankful for them.  I know she is in glory, having the best celebrations!  She will be at the biggest, most wonderful birthday party ever this year and that is so cool to think about.

I really love this time of year and yes I have been playing Christmas music since November 1st.  I love the anticipation of  celebrating and preparing for Jesus  birthday.  We have all our Christmas decorations up.   There is just something about a home decked out for Christmas.  I posed a question on facebook, do you theme your home?  I would have to say that ours is a rustic theme.  We have lots of evergreen garland, pine cones, and berries.  The tree and mantle have colored lights and lots of red bows.

Oh and today Advent begins.   The definition of advent is: the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas, observed in commemoration of the coming of Christ into the world.  I really want to participate in Advent this year. I ‘ve said it for many years and time get’s away from me.  I want to explain it to our sweet daughter and have her preparing her heart for Christmas.  We have an Advent wreath that we will start using tonight.  They are really easy to make.  All you need is a circle of evergreen garland,  3 purple candles, 1 pink, and 1 white.  The first Sunday you will light a purple candle.  This candle is the “Prophecy Candle” and is lit to remember the prophets that foretold the birth of Christ.  On the second Sunday, the second purple candle is lit, this is the “Bethlehem” candle and it represents PREPARATION.  Let us prepare our hearts for the coming Messiah.  On the third Sunday the pink candle is lit and it represents the shepherds candle or the candle of JOY.  The fourth Sunday the fourth purple candle is lit and it represents the angel candle or the candle of LOVE.  The angels announced the arrival of Jesus to the shepherds in a field.  The white candle is the CHRIST candle and it reminds us that Christ is the spotless lamb that came to earth in a humble way to take the sins of the world.  There are many different Advent devotionals out there.  Here are some links.

Thriving Family Advent 3013

Free Advent Devotional

Ann Voskamp

My goal is to slow down and be amazed at the wonder of Christmas.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.  I want to slow down, read, listen and be still.  I want to take photo’s capturing memories.  I want to talk with my loved ones.  I want to sit still in the presence of Christ.   Let’s allow the WONDER of Christmas fill our hearts and homes bringing love, peace and joy.  Come let us Adore HIM!

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