I've always loved advent calendars and this year I decided to make one for our family. It's just another way for us to focus all our attention and expectation on Jesus' First Coming and what it means to us. The word advent literally means 'arrival'. Jesus' arrival on earth changed everything. And I'm just as excited as my kids to spend the next 24 days (and everyday for eternity) unwrapping the greatest gift of all: the love of our Saviour God.
I've filled the boxes with little notes and some special treats. Each note has an activity and devotion for us to do together as a family. We'll read through the birth of Jesus in Luke 15 and we'll talk about the person and promises of Jesus revealed to us in Isaiah 9:6: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
We're also reading through Sharing Christ's Love , an advent resource for children that I found on the World Vision website under their free seasonal resources (click those words to view it and download for free) I really love the focus in this resource on global compassion and the words of Christ in Matthew 25:40: whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him. That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.
You can also view the World Vision Gift Catalog online with your family and give the gift of a goat, chickens, clean water, or even medical supplies. The options are endless, the needs are great, and giving has never been made so easy.