Like many others who celebrate Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, we have our Advent calendar as a guide. A few years ago, I felt frustrated with not having a sense of organization to our December festivities so I decided to use our Advent calendar to organize all the activities we wanted to get down.
Seeing as how this was all before Pinterest came about, I had to search out a way to format it. I was all set to make up our own note cards and envelopes when I had an aha moment at the local coffee shop. While I sat there making our list of activities and assigning each a day, I saw that they had a ready made calendar perfect for my needs. There is a note card in each envelope with a short devotion and Bible verse. I added our own activities in with some pretty slips of paper. Things like sleeping under the tree, decorating cookies, hanging the stockings, etc. Each day, the take turns lighting the Advent wreath, opening the envelope and reading the card. Three boys, three things to be done. It keeps the peace.
This year things are a little different. We’ve been working with the boys a bit on what it means to have a servant heart as we look at the world around us. So each day, there is a service activity to do. Some are individual. Some are as a family. So far, so good. Two slips of paper – a fun activity as we prepare for Christmas and a service activity to help keep our hearts focused.
It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of the season, but we’ve found this has helped us to simplify things.
**There are some days where we just don’t have time to do the activities so we just add those to another day. If I know it is a busy day, the activity could be color a Christmas picture. The service project, leave a little “Merry Christmas” note for a neighbor.