Friday, December 20, 2013

Our Favorite Advent Books

We keep our family traditions pretty simple during the holidays. The whole "less is more" philosophy rings true for us with a lot of things, but we feel it's even more important at Christmastime.

We don't move an elf around or open Advent gifts each day. We just focus on the true Christmas story and all that Christ has done for us. So, I thought I'd share our two favorite Advent books and what they mean to our family.

The first book is called The Wonder of Christmas, written by Melody Carlson.

There are 31 family devotionals written just for kids for each day of December that shares the full Christmas story - from Creation to Christ's return - and gets the whole family involved by discussing questions at the end of each reading.

We typically read this at the dinner table each night, and it makes all of us sit and think what Christmas is really all about.

Our absolute favorite Advent book of all time is The Advent Book, written by Jack and Kathy Stockman. It is kind of expensive (over $50 on Amazon), but the Heirloom Edition - with gilt-edged pages, cloth binding, debossed gold stamping and ribbon closure - is literally a work of art in itself and well worth the cost.

There are 25 beautifully illustrated pages - one for each day of Advent - that tells the Christmas story from the Book of Luke and features a door that actually opens. The kids take turns opening the doors each night, and it helps them memorize the Christmas story too!

We may not be on the bandwagon of a lot of other holiday traditions out there, but these books have been the most meaningful and powerful sources for our family at Christmastime. Two things we'll always read and treasure. Directing us back to Him...the real meaning of Christmas.

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