“Let every heart prepare him room …” that is what the Advent season is truly about. So many times we get caught up in all the flurry of activity and fun this season brings that we can forget what our focus must remain on.
For many years, I felt like I had to put something on the calendar every single day of December for our family to enjoy the Christmas season. While those crafts, baking projects, and outings were fun … they were not without stress and the craziness of trying to check off each activity I thought we had to complete (and that was before Pinterest).
In years past, by the time Christmas day rolled around I was over the season … over Advent … over trying to make the holiday perfect. Last year I rethought the way we handled Advent … kind of a less is more attitude.
We still decorate, bake, and perform Random Acts of Christmas Kindness but, we do so in a much more laid back fashion. No set schedule or calendars for events … no blogging every day our activities.
The only absolute is our nightly Advent reading from “Tabitha’s Travels” (our 3rd book in the series) and, each Sunday, we look forward to lighting a new candle on our simplified Advent wreath.
I suggested a possible change in Advent readings this year but, our children absolutely love this series we have been reading from for the past two years.
And, yes, I am sure our Elf on the Shelf will soon make an appearance, and our calendar is filling up with fun outings but, my overall focus has changed – instead of looking to fill every minute of the day with something there is more focus on togetherness as a family and time to truly allow our hearts to prepare him room. Our goal is to draw closer to Him and to our family each day this Advent season.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given … ” Isaiah 9:6