Posted by: molly | December 2, 2012

Advent: A Celebration of the Coming King

During the past few years our family has been developing some traditions for Advent–the weeks leading up to Christmas. We started with a Jesse Tree, which uses Old Testament stories of Jesus’ ancestors to prepare us for the coming of Christ. Last year we added an Advent wreath were a candle is lit the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Admittedly the past few years have had their share of off the cuff Bible stories. However, somehow the story of Perez needs some, um, careful consideration when trying to explain to children. And honestly, it takes some thought to see how all the stories lead to Christ. So, over the past year I have been working on writing out the stories and the meanings of the Advent wreath.

I have also done quite a bit of research on Advent. My conclusion: everybody does is differently. They use different colored candles, different stories on the Jessie Tree, different traditions for pretty much everything. So my long time quest for the Advent standard has been rather fruitless. Oh well. I am sharing these stories in the hope that they may help spur some thought over the meaning of the time leading up to Christmas. Use them as they help, ignore them if you wish, but most of all, think about the Advent where we celebrate the coming King!

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