Our family has really seemed to be struggling with remembering what the Christmas season is truly about. Too often we forget how fortunate and blessed we are as individuals and as a family. This is our first year celebrating Advent, mainly because it’s the first year I took the time to learn about the Advent season. We are so excited to really be present this holiday season.
Yesterday we made an Advent wreath and purchased an Advent calendar from Target. For the first time ever, I didn’t care what the end product looked like, I just enjoyed making something with the kids. Something they would remember as we celebrate Advent in years to come. It was so much less stressful and you know what? It ended up being perfect.
I found these family reflection cards from Playful Learning and knew they would be perfect for after our evening prayer at dinner. I wanted to take it a step further though. I wanted to give, like we haven’t done before. Not just monetarily but with our hearts, hands and minds. So I compiled my own list of kindness + giving cards. There are a few more than 25 – we doubled up a couple of days to ensure each family member had something they could actually participate in. The kids were dying to open the first door tonight. It was such a great little exercise. We started small and simple – something I was sure my 3 year old and 5 year old could understand and participate in right away. Here is what was tucked inside of Day 1…
I decided to print the family reflection cards on white paper and the 25 days of kindness cards on red and green cardstock. We will all read the red & green slips in the morning so we have a full day to complete the daily mission. =) I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to it. I’m really hoping for some significant changes in our family dynamic as well as creating a lasting family tradition for the holiday season.
Give it a go and let me know if you are participating. I’d love to hear your experiences. We’ll be sharing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with hashtag #25daysofgood. Looking forward to hearing how your family is celebrating!