We want this issue to help children begin to understand how Jesus’ birth, God’s incarnation, is made new to us each Advent and Christmas.Order Now See Inside
For your family
* Without being asked, clean the living room or family room to help get ready for guests.
* Make a simple snack for your family to share while you have a quiet time together in front of your Christmas tree.
* Write a note thanking your parents for all they do to make Christmas fun and meaningful for you.
* Pray for family members you won’t be with this Christmas.
For your neighbors
* With a parent’s permission, invite kids in your neighborhood over for a game afternoon.
* Ask your family to go with you to visit a neighbor who may be lonely.
* Help a neighbor with a chore (shoveling snow, recycling, putting away Christmas decorations, etc.) that may be hard for him or her to do.
* Pray for God to bless each of your neighbors in the coming year.
12/05/2014 at 08:08 am
As we enter the Advent season, many of us find ourselves poised (or braced) for what feels like a headlong rush toward Christmas. And as much as we may love many of the traditions of the season (even the secular ones), we also find ourselves longing for more meaning, more focus on Christ, more connection with those we love.
Try some of these ideas, many adapted from our December issue:
11/25/2014 at 08:00 am