Celebrating Advent with Children

9 11 2007

by Ricci Kilmer, Mustard Seed Associates

from “Advent 2006” Seed Sampler

nativityCelebrating Advent is a fairly new practice for my family, so each year I look for new ways to make it meaningful for our daughter. I felt that his idea I found captured the meaning behind preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ Child in a simple way for children.

 

GIFTS FOR JESUS

 

On the first Sunday of Advent, each child in the family receives an empty manger. An oatmeal box covered with bright paper will do as well. At bedtime, the children draw straws for each kind deed performed in honor of Baby Jesus as his birthday surprise. The straw are placed in the child’s manger or box daily. It is amazing how much love a child can put into Advent when s/he is preparing for his redeemer’s coming in grace.

 

On Christmas, each child finds an infant in his manger, placed on a small table or a chair beside his or her bed. Usually it is a tiny doll, beautifully dressed. This custom fills the child with a longing in Advent, and provides an image of the redeemer as the first happy glance in the morning and the last impression at night during the entire Christmas season.

 

For other resources on celebrating Advent as a family, click here.

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