This Christmas, I decided to start something new. New culture, new country, new Christmas tradition. I was inspired by Megan Marie and her love of Advent activities, so I decided to give it a try.
This year will already be different than most. I (both of us, really) find it difficult to be away from our families during any holiday or celebration, but especially Christmas. Two years ago, we were in Panama for the month of December, and although the experience was unique and fun, there was a hole that only family can fill during the Christmas season. Thankfully, this year we can FaceTime into Christmas, and be a part of it that way!
I wanted, no, needed, this year to be special. So, to keep the pity parties at bay and truly focus on the joy of the season, we decided to start an Advent calendar. I went to work making envelopes and writing down activities or treats to have on every day leading up the December 25th. After four days, we can already establish that this will be a tradition to continue for many years to come.
There is extravagant joy in anticipating the birth of Jesus. Let us all be reminded of how incredible it was that our Savior came to this earth to live among us, and that He has left his Spirit to continue to be with us forever. This Christmas, join us in re-discovering how amazing it was that He came for YOU. Happy Advent!
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call him Emmanuel.” Isaiah 7:14