Four Ways To Recognize Advent As A Mom

I mentioned recently how last year I felt like I just barely survived the Christmas season - thriving was out of the question.  I think part of the problem was that all the Christmas details got so overwhelming that I couldn't even focus on the reason we celebrate in the first place!  Amidst the stress of the season, I missed the meaning and beauty of Christmas - which is that God became a baby in Jesus, and lived a sinless life on earth so that He could die to save me.  Obviously I knew this in my head, but I didn't take any time to reflect and let that beautiful truth settle in my heart last Christmas.

Advent is traditionally a tool for focusing our attention back on what Christmas is truly about - our Savior! As moms we tend to make Advent about driving home the meaning of Christmas to our kids, but this year I want to create some sort of personal Advent tradition.  I think sometimes we can get so focused on making sure the kids "get it", that we forget that we need that time of refreshment that comes when we refocus on the Lord in the middle of the bustle!  When we are taking the time to fill ourselves up with God's truth and joy in this season, it is that much easier to do the same for our kids.

I have a few ideas for how to recognize Advent this year for myself, as a mom.

1. An Advent Bible reading plan.  

I've done a couple Advent reading plans in the past, but it's been a while.  I want to find a plan for reading Bible verses that relate to Advent as part of my devotions this December. She Reads Truth often comes out with an Advent plan, so I might check that out.  Any other recommendations for an Advent Bible reading plan?

2. Memorize Bible verses.

I have been majority slacking on Bible memorization this year, even after writing last year about why moms should memorize Bible verses -  and I feel it.  I would love to choose a passage to work on through the Advent season.  I am thinking John 1:1-18 or Mary's prayer of praise in Luke 1:46-55 .

3. Christmas Music.

What better than music to get you in the Christmas Spirit, right?  And Christ-focused music is also something that really touches my soul at Christmas time and helps me to remember the greatest gift from God - our salvation.  I'll share some of my Christmas favorites soon, but you can see some of my favorite Christmas albums in this oldie-but-goodie post!

4. Christmas Adult Coloring Book.

I was so thrilled to receive a Christmas coloring book to review!  But this book has truly exceeded my expectations.

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All Is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas is not just a coloring book, it is also an Advent devotional.  I have already read through most of the devotions, and they are excellent!  Each devotion focuses on different aspects of Christ's birth, and is biblically based.  I am going to go through it again in December this year and use the coordinated coloring pages to have a little quiet time to focus on Jesus birth!

I really love each of the illustrations in this book.  As far as coloring goes, they are just unique and detailed enough to be challenging, but not so detailed that I lose a little bit of my sanity.  I don't know that I'll get through one of these gorgeous pages each day (I'm a slow colorer), but I will read through the devotions and enjoy a little coloring time while focusing on God's gift to us in sending Jesus to save us.  This is the personal Advent tradition that I am really looking forward to this year!

And another plus to this book - in the back is a section with Christmas coloring pages for kids, Bible verses, and family discussion questions!  I love that while this book is a great tool for moms to personally focus on Advent, it also has sections to encourage us to include our kids as well.  I can't wait to get some printed up for the kids!

Do you have a personal Advent tradition as a mom?  Tell me more!

Note: I received a copy of this coloring book for free in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Amy said...

Love the coloring book! I've struggled the last few years with really feeling into Christmas, so I'm interested in that idea. I might have to order it for myself. They have it on Christian Book Distributor, too.

Inspired said...

Lady I am loving your holiday posts!
I too am preparing for December already. One thing I do to get ready ahead of time is a go through our local community calendar and look for events that are family wants to attend. I just create a master list and then on a day that we want to do something festive as a family we take a look and see what's available that I preestablished as interesting. It's easier to wade through the options before he hit December rather than in the moment. Plus and if there are a few must do events or things we feel like our priorities than we we don't miss the dates.

I did a devotional last Christmas by naptime diaries, they are now called amen paper company, and they have one coming out again this year that looks amazing.

I also have loved this book by and Voskamp that looks at the Jesse tree and really is a beautiful advent focused on scripture and the birth of Jesus.

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Callie said...

Do! I am really enjoying it so far!

Callie said...

Well, that is just BRILLIANT! I love the idea of gathering up all the ideas for events before December! I might have to see if I can round up a few ideas for us too! I saw that devotion by Naptime Diaries last year, maybe I'll look them up this year...and I actually have the Voskamp book too! I think it was you who recommended it to me a couple years ago, and I bought it that same year! :-) I'll probably read through it again this year too.

Veronica and Daniel said...

I forgot to tell you that I got an Advent coloring book too! And I'm loving it! I think I will be able to re-use it next year too ~ since I never seem to have time to finish coloring an entire picture before the day is done :) But I love the readings and the pictures. And Rebekah has enjoyed the copies of the coloring pages in the back. I even used the one with the ornaments to go along with our Shepherd's Treasure tradition we started this year. Thanks for the great recommendation!

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