Even though Thanksgiving is yet to come, and Advent is just over a week away, we thought we’d join up with the CWBN Sienna Sisters Blog Hop (because, hey, it’s been awhile!) and share some of our favorite Advent traditions; that is to say, how we Advent. Here are last year’s posts on being Grateful & Intentional in Advent and 5 Ideas to Celebrate Advent.
How We Advent: Wreaths
I didn’t grow up in a home that used an Advent wreath, but we did decorate to the nines. Rachel has a beautiful Advent wreath that she uses as a centerpiece on her table. This year, we’re upgrading our wreath to a larger one with tall, tapered candles (vs. votives). Both our families LOVE reflecting on each Sunday, praying, and lighting our candles.
How We Advent: Family Time
Rachel and her husband institute a tech-free time each night in the Advent season. They simply silence their cell phones and don’t look at them until the next morning. They spend this time together, playing games, praying, or reading.
We have an uptick in family time, too: we bake together, go look at Christmas lights together (usually on the feast of St. Lucy), and read and play together.
How We Advent: The Nativity
Nativity scenes. Aren’t they the best? We were cleaning my room in prep for packing this weekend and Rachel and I discovered a bag of five (yeah…five!) Nativity scenes I purchased as gifts or home additions last year. All of my closest friends love them, as do both my mom and mother-in-law.
Some people set them out, in full, all season. Others, like us, take a different approach.
We set out the creche, the animals, Joseph, Mary, and any shepherds. Then…we wait. This kind of makes our Nativity sets interactive.
On Christmas Eve in both homes, the Magi begin journeying to find the baby Jesus, which they ultimately do on Twelfth Night, in honor of Epiphany.
In my home, we hide all the baby Jesus figures on Christmas morning and place him in his correct spots before we open any gifts. It’s like an Easter egg hunt, but…different.
How We Advent on Social Media
Since the season is upon us, we invite you to post about your Advent on social media: especially sharing pictures on Instagram. We can evangelize beautifully in this season. Join us in using the hashtag #HowWeAdvent this season!
What are your favorite Advent traditions?