one tradition that we’ve started this year is the Advent Box. each evening after dinner, Caleb gets to open that day’s door, behind which is a slip of paper with the day’s verse, as well as a small piece of candy. it didnt take too long for him to get very excited about it all, requesting the “abba bah” (which sounds a lot like his word for apple sauce, leading to some confusion occasionally).
so we’d take turns reading the daily Christmas passage and doing our best to explain what it means to the kids and then sing some songs together. the coolest part of it all was the fact that Caleb is actually understanding a lot of what we’re talking about. if we ask him what Christmas is about, he’ll usually say “bebe Jehshuh” (which sounds a lot like his word for peanutbutter-and-jelly, leading to some confusion occasionally).
the best moment was when we did the advent box before bed on Christmas Eve. we were talking about how God gives us gifts, so we asked him what was God’s gift to us? and he said “Jehshuh”! we were both amazed and very thankful that he’s understanding things about God even so young.
we’re mad at ourselves that we forgot to to the final day of the advent box on Christmas day. all that anticipation and build-up, and the ending got lost in the shuffle on the big day. so we’re pledging to not forget next year, and maybe even rearranging the “normal” traditional way of doing things to make it even better.
I’m so thankful for Michelle and the motivation and work she put into this new tradition. we’re both thankful for our friend Beth Ann who wrote up the verses and such and shared them with us (let us know if you want a copy). we’re planning on sitting down and rearranging things and revising it a little to include the “adornaments” we have that should fit in well with this.
hopefully as we all grow up we can grow in our excitement for learning about Jesus every year.