15 Ideas for Observance

How can you make this Advent and Christmas season a meaningful one for you and your family?

candle flameI’ve got 15 ideas for ya.

Ideas #1 through 10: In 2007, my dear friend Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence & I wrote an article for TCW describing 10 fun & meaningful ideas for Advent. Though TCW shortened the article, you can find our full, longer version here (FREE!).

Idea #11: One resource I LOVE and personally use most years during Advent is Preparing For Jesus by (my creative writing prof from Valpo & National Book Award winner & pastor) Walter Wangerin, Jr. This unique devotional resource envisions the people and events of the Nativity story in a deeply enriching way.

Idea #12: OK, it’s sort of cheesy, but I LOVE this YouTube video of “Mary Did You Know?” from The Bible TV mini-series. It’s been a great discussion-starter for me and my kids, opening the door to talk about various events from the Gospels (& Acts) and the ultimate purpose of Jesus’ birth. Watch it with your loved ones to open up a spiritual conversation.

Idea #13: A new experience for us this year is reading through The Christmas Mystery by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder. It’s a whimsical Advent-themed novel with a mini-chapter to read each day (starting December 1). We’ve only read the first few chapters so far, but it’s amazing!

Idea #14: Check out my TCW Advent Calendar with day-by-day ideas to deepen your spiritual experience all this month.

Idea #15: Just in case you missed it, you can click here to find some fun winter/Christmas-themed recipes to enjoy with your family.

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One response to “15 Ideas for Observance

  1. I love your article on ten ways to experience advent. You have some really creative ideas. I especially like the idea of a morning in silence, but not sure how my family would react. Hmm, that will take some planning. 🙂

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