Four Ways to Celebrate Advent

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Christmas is my favorite time of year. Now that I am Catholic, the Christmas season lasts even longer and actually begins with Advent. Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year and is a time of anticipation of the birth of Christ. It always begins 4 Sundays prior to Christmas. This year Advent begins on December 1st and I have found four wonderful ways to celebrate advent. {And by the way, you don’t have to be Catholic to celebrate Advent – we’ve been celebrating it for years!}

The Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the Advent season, is the Jesse Tree. A Jesse Tree is basically a walk through the geneology of Christ, based off of Isaiah 11:1, “AND there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root.

We’ve done it different ways over the years and have used different devotionals and readings as well. This year I participated in a Jess Tree ornament Exchange.

If you want to try your hand at making your own ornaments, check out my Pinterest. Board: Jesse Tree Ornament Ideas. You can also check out the Jess Tree DVD from Holy Heroes for more great ideas.

Amazon has several great books, many that come with ornaments that you can buy if you are not the crafty type. You can check out then out here: Jesse Tree Books and Ornaments. There is plenty of time to get them before the 1st if you have an Amazon Prime Membership {side note: we have found the Prime membership TOTALLY worth it}.

The Advent Wreath

Advent Candles

Advent Wreaths come in all shapes and sizes. Over the years I’ve made my own, had the traditional wreaths and the not-so-traditional like the one pictured above.  {Here is a great article on What the Advent Wreath is All About.} Some of my favorites are:

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The Advent Calendar

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We love using the Advent Calendars to countdown the advent season. The great thing about these is that there are so many different ways to do these, and you can really let your creativity shine through.

Coffee with Us has a really cute Advent Tree Calendar that you can do with materials around the home, and Most Lovely Things has a fun one using Paper Bags. If you aren’t on the crafty side, Amazon has a ton to choose from here: Advent Calendars. They even have Lego and K’nex “put together” calendars that kids would LOVE!

Advent Lapbooks and Crafts

Mother And Children Making Christmas Cards Together

I love lapbooks and so do my kids. {If you don’t know what a lapbook is, check out this great video on Lapbooks}. This year I am going to do an advent lapbook with the kids and I might even go on to do a Christmas lapbook as well.

Jessica from Shower of Roses and Holly from Three Sided Wheel, both have great step-by-step lapbooks {and some printables} for you to do with your children.

This year we are also incorporating my sweet friend Amanda’s e-book The Truth in the Tinsel.

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This ebook will lead you and your children on your own experience through the Christmas Story. You’ll take a few minutes each day reading the Christmas Story directly from the Bible and make a fun ornament craft while talking about it together. She has given me a coupon code that I can pass on to you {good for the book only} to use: CHELSEY20

Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a craft person, but I LOVE to do them with the children. I am thankful for those crafty moms that have gone before me to create great crafts that I can copy from for my own kids. In fact, Dianna from Kennedy Adventures has a FANTASTIC post where she has rounded up delightful advent crafts that I plan on working my way through. Check it out {click on the graphic to be taken to her post}:

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I am always on the lookout for new ways to celebrate the Advent season. What are your favorite ways to celebrate?

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8 Responses to Four Ways to Celebrate Advent

  1. Joanne Viola says:

    This is one of my favorite times of the year for so many reasons. May you be blessed as you celebrate His birth which changes our lives eternally. I visited from Making Your Home Sing this morning. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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    • Chelsey says:

      Joanne, thank you for your sweet words and for visiting. Have a happy Thanksgiving and a beautiful season of celebrating the brith of Our Lord!

  2. Hi Chelsey, Advent and Christmas are my favorite time of year, too, and i just wrote a blog about how our preparations actually start in August.
    Have a blessed Advent season!
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  3. robbie says:

    Love all these ideas. Looking forward to our first jesse tree as well!
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  4. This year I found an advent devotional going through Handel’s Messiah! I am excited to whip it out.

    With the kids I’m planning on doing a Jesse Tree but in reality with the New Baby coming I’ll be lucky if we get any Christmas decorations up at all. There’s always next year I suppose.

    • Chelsey says:

      Lauren, that all sounds wonderful. And you have a BIG excuse if you don’t get to it all. And yes, there is always next year. And with the Jesee Tree – if you miss a day or two (we did last year because of having Benji), then you can just do a couple a night until you are caught up! :) The bottom line is to just relax and do what you can, when you can and Handles Messiah – that sounds awesome!!! :)

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