No matter what we end up doing during this season leading up to Christmas, we’ve been trying to focus on Jesus and focus on being together as a family. Full disclosure, though… Raya and I were trying to make a video last night which ended in tears. Her – not me… And while we were trying to make another video today, Mikaiah came running into the room with pants around his ankles yelling “I have to go potty!” Couldn’t really use that take! More honesty… I never did find my Jesse Tree ornaments, so I printed some during the week. My bright idea this morning was to have the kids color them. I think Mikaiah and Shiloh each scribbled on one, Raya did about 5 or 6, and I colored the rest. In my impatience, I just finished the job for them. Ha! It’s the season of waiting and I can’t even let the kids color at their own pace. Or (heaven forbid) just let them get stuck on the tree without being colored. So here’s what our tree looks like today.
It hasn’t been smooth, and sometimes I feel like I’m dragging everyone through these Advent rituals. But I’ve learned a few things over the years. The devotion we’re using this year is nice and short and in language that all three kids can understand. The boys can sit through the whole thing and have loved finding the Bible stories in their Jesus Storybook Bible to go along with each reading. Progress if you ask me. And something else I’ve learned about traditions – if we don’t fight for them, they get forgotten and cast aside in favor of whatever needs to get done each day. My kids don’t need any help remembering Santa or their Christmas lists. Reminders about that are everywhere. But helping them discover the Savior is something that’s worth making time for. It’s never perfect, but we’re doing our best and having fun in the process.
Raya has been learning piano this year and she loves to sing, so we have been playing around with an Advent hymn called “Creator of the Stars of Night.” It’s new to me, but the words are from a Latin Hymn from the 9th century. I added a new melody We’ve had so much fun with it I thought we would capture it and share here. Enjoy!