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.