Celebrating the birth of Christ is a privilege for all Christian families, but it’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and commercial aspects of the holiday. Even the Advent has been commercialized and kids are excited for each morning of the countdown because they can open a little cardboard door and pluck out a piece of milk chocolate. The days leading up to the anniversary of Jesus’ birth have become a chocolate-coated countdown to gift wrapped Transformers and video games.
I’m just as guilty of this as many others, and I was starting to see that my boys were really missing the point of Christmas. So, instead of picking up the usual advent calendars this year—told you I was guilty, too—I found Carol Garborg’s book, The Family Book of Advent.
What attracted me to the book is that each of the 25 days of the countdown is something a little different that my family can enjoy as a whole. Rather than a piece of cut-rate chocolate, we’re getting some bonding time while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, our Savior Jesus Christ.
As the days go by, our family will enjoy stories, Scripture, activities and other daily devotionals that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.