Thank you so much for joining us for A Christ-Centered Christmas! As we all know, it is growing increasingly more difficult to enjoy and celebrate a truly Christ-Centered Christmas with each passing year. Commercialism, Materialism, and Consumerism reign supreme and if you're like me, it is easy to get blinded by the bling. That is why I, and my friends, have decided to host this link up. We wanted to share simple and fun ways that we keep Christ the center of our Christmas celebrations to encourage you as you seek to celebrate a Christ-Centered Christmas!
Hi all, I’ve been looking forward to this blog hop and link party! One of the prominent Christmas traditions my family practiced when I was growing up was Advent. We would sing Christmas hymns, light the Advent wreath, and read Scripture passages pertaining to the birth of Christ. However, there are many ways to observe Advent, and I hope to share those with you today.
First, what is Advent? The term comes from the Latin word adventus and translates to “coming”, and it refers specifically to the coming of the Messiah – his entrance into the world and his future return. It’s a centerpiece of Christianity, and I can tell you from personal experience, making Advent a central part of celebrating Christmas kept the hectic, materialistic “holiday rush” in check.
How is Advent observed?
In many churches, you’ll find Advent wreaths with candles to signify each week. The candles are purple and pink and symbolize Christ’s royalty as the Prince of Peace and rejoicing. The white candle is often referred to as the Christ candle, and it is only lit on Christmas Day. Hymns and Scripture readings accompany the lighting of each candle.
Countdown calendars are a popular way to mark the days until Christmas, and these can be bought or hand crafted. Even though Advent traditionally starts on the last Sunday of November, most countdown calendars begin the first day of December.
Another Advent tradition that I want to start with my own family is the Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree illustrates the covenant God formed in the Old Testament and how it leads the birth of Christ. The people of the Old Testament looked toward the coming of the Messiah for their salvation, and now we look back to his birth and life. It’s a wonderful way to illustrate God’s providence throughout history.
These can be easily made by hand. For our Jesse tree, we’re using our Christmas tree and in addition to our regular ornaments, we will be hanging the Jesse Tree ornaments on it as well. I’ve seen felt versions for children, and the child places each symbol or ornament onto the Tree. For more information of what each symbol represents, read more here.
I hope these have given you ideas for your own Advent traditions, or perhaps like me, you’ve remembered certain traditions you kept growing up. Remember, this is a blog hop, so be sure to stop by The Humbled Homemaker, Through My Lense, The French Bird, and The Encouraging Home and check out the great ideas, tips, and resources! You don't want to miss out on what they have to say! Be sure to link up any posts you have about how you celebrate A Christ-Centered Christmas! If you link up, be sure to grab the button to display on your blog! Thanks so much for joining us, and we hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!