Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

Advent at Our House


DSC04917It begins tomorrow.

From December 1 to December 25 our family will end our days by turning down the lights, lighting candles and reading a story that helps us focus on what we should be focused on this season.

The One whose coming Isaiah prophecied in the Old Testament. 

The One who caused John the Baptist to leap for joy in the womb.

The One of whose coming Mary said “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”

The One whose death and resurrection is our key to life.


This year we will be reading the third in a series of three advent books by Arnold Ytreeide. Each books follows a child on a sometimes nail-biting journey in the weeks leading up to Christ’s birth. Historical fiction is my favorite reading genre, so that might bias me a bit, but I think these books are fantastic. And it is definitely saying something that my boys who mostly prefer reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants enjoy them. 🙂

I love the stories. I love the idea of having a meaningful and enjoyable way to help my kids focus on Christ instead of themselves for a bit. I love listening to Corey’s deep voice read while I watch the candles flicker. And  I love the family tradition these books have created.

If your family is looking for advent reading, I highly recommend this series – Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage and Tabitha’s Travels. And if you have any advent reading ideas to pass my way, I’d love to hear them. We are going to need something new to read next year.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

4 thoughts on “Advent at Our House

  1. What precious traditions and meaningful times for your family. Your boys are blessed to have such awesome parents!

  2. Hi Kim my name is Monica I work with your mom in the bank. I really enjoy your stories I have 3 boys myself ages 11,10,6 so I have had many experiences that you have had. I chuckle and know I can totally relate. I would like to find the books that you are reading but I also want to start an advent calendar with scripture ideas. Would you happen to have any ideas I know there are a lot of choices I’m just not sure where to start. Thanks for all your help!

    Monica Trunkhill

  3. Thanks Sherri! This series was available to purchase at church several years ago, and we are so glad we started reading it with the boys. 🙂

    Monica – Our lives are probably very similar 🙂 I never imagined I would live in a house full of boys, but I wouldn’t trade it. The books are available to order on amazon if you are interested. We haven’t really done anything else as far as advent goes, but Thriving Family magazine does an advent calendar each year and it’s a great magazine. Here’s a link to theirs.

  4. We’ve read each of the books several times. It has a been a great tradition for our family. Enjoy!

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