This year I really want my husband and I to get a jump start on preparing for Advent especially with this being our first Christmas as parents. We want our daughter to know, from an early age, the true meaning of Christmas. Luckily we were recently gifted with a gorgeous fabric advent calendar from our Realtor at our housewarming party. Talk about a fitting and timely gift! This calendar should help keep us on our toes as we count down the days till Christmas.
I also recently ordered a kids book for Advent, Little Star by Anthony DeStefano, which was recommended by Faith & Family. I can’t wait to start reading this book to my daughter, even if she’s only 11 weeks old and not really paying attention. ;)
We have our Advent Wreath which is such a beautiful Catholic tradition done at Mass and in many homes. If you don't have one buy one for the holidays. We bought one a couple of years ago which depicts the journey to Bethlehem and reminds us of our trip to the Holy Land.
And then there are Advent reflections which fortunately many churches are offering. If you live in Dallas Saint Monica's is offering one led by Father Jason Cargo on Sunday, December 5th at 3:30 PM. If you don't live in Dallas check your local church to see what they are offering. And if you are not able to make an Advent reflection in person there are some great online resources such as One Bread One Body (my favorite since high school) which offers daily reflections and The Crossroads Initiative by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio.
Going to daily mass and/ or confession during Advent is also a great way to prepare for Christmas.
May you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Good Advent!