The season of Advent is more than wreaths and candles a few weeks before Christmas. Advent is the time some Christians take to prepare their hearts to focus on the true meaning of Jesus’ birth. The word advent means “arrival” or “an appearing, or coming into place.” It’s a time of waiting and reflecting on Jesus’ first coming to earth. Not only does Advent help us remember the dark, difficult season of waiting for the Messiah to come, it points us to the hope of Jesus’ second coming as we wait for him to return. Christians often observe Advent as a solemn, holy build-up to the joyful celebration of God’s gift of a Savior!
The well known Christmas carol says… “Let every heart prepare him room”
Our to-do list often looks like:
Prepare the house..making space for a tree, rearranging the mantle for stockings, and pulling out wreaths and decorations from storage.
Prepare a shopping list with gifts for friends and family, ornament exchanges, and stocking stuffers and all the things to wrap the gifts.
Prepare the kitchen and a grocery list for all the food-related must-haves and cookie variations.
Here are some of our favorite guides and resources to help prepare your heart. We’ve used several of these to create an Advent worksheet, available for free on the website.
- The Loved Bible Project Advent worksheet (free)
- Advent Guide by The Village Church (free)
- Various Advent resources by Austin Stone (free)
- Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp
- The Christmas We Didn’t Expect by David Mathis
- Fixated by Tim Chester
- Searching for Christmas by J.D. Greear
- Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas (various authors, edited by Nancy Guthrie)
- Joy to the World by Charles Spurgeon
- Grafted In by Amy Gannett (use alongside the Family Tree of Christ cards by Tiny Theologians if you want to use with children)
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