Joel and I have determined to make the season of Advent something a little slower and more thoughtful. The last couple of years we have lit Advent candles and read an Advent devotional, which has been good and meaningful, but easy to forget and overlook.
This year I determined to make an Advent calender. Just a little something fun and extra to help us slow down and think about the true meaning behind Christmas.
Rosemary has been watching the development of this calendar eagerly. She knows it will hang on her door, she knows it will be a Christmas decoration. This kid loves Christmas. She's excited about presents, yes, but it's more about the experiences of Christmas for her. The lights, the decorations, the celebrations, visiting Santa, and so on. And as an adult who has found Christmas to be a less and less exciting holiday, I am enjoying the opportunity to see it through her eyes.
Advent began last Sunday, and so I'm not exactly sure why most traditional Advent calendars begin on the first day of September. I decided to go with the traditional calendar so I would not need to make a new one each year.
We'd love for you to join us as we go through the next 25 days of Advent. I'll do my best to post each day what surprises Rosemary finds in the pockets of her new Advent calendar.