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AdventI consider myself far beyond blessed this Advent season. As I read each one of the above definitions of the word, I am reminded of my abundant blessings and just how special this time of year is. Advent is a time for reflection and anticipation, both of which I normally have hard time with.  But, during this season, I find comfort and joy (“God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” reference purely an accident) in the thinking, in the waiting. There is so much to be thankful for as I ponder the celebration of the birth of Christ. There is so much hope as I reflect on what Jesus being brought into this world means for humanity.

So, I sit in anticipation, in wonder, in awe, and in complete gratitude for the love God gave us on that very first Christmas.

As this will be our first Christmas married, Adam and I are starting our own traditions. My favorite being a time of reading scripture and prayer each day of Advent in preparation for Christmas. It’s truly been a time of blessing and peace and something that we’ll continue for the rest of our lives.

What are your most treasured traditions? Below are some super creative ideas for Advent calendars. Maybe my next tradition will involve making my own!

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And, one more thing, below is my favorite account of the Christmas story. It’s beautiful and holy and makes me cry every time I read/hear it.

“2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to himand was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.” -Luke 2:1-21

 

Nourish and Be Nourished::