‘Twas the Second Week of Advent…

Second sunday in Advent and two candles are lit

… and – all through the house – you’d hardly know that Advent was here.

The first Sunday of Advent was December 2nd. I was one of the lectors at church that day, proudly proclaiming, “In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is right and just in the land.” Yet I have to admit that, for me, Advent stayed right there in church. We didn’t light the candles on our Advent wreath, start an Advent calendar, read an Advent devotional – and not because we are not well-stocked in each of those things! Somehow, it just did not translate into our “real lives.”

But this is not about beating myself up; this is about shining a light on things and bringing them out into the open. Only then can I make a plan for how I want to move forward!

Here’s my plan: I’m going to go find the Christmas box that has the Advent wreath in it. I’ll set that up right in the center of the dining room table and – gladly – make the time each night to light a candle and spend some time getting ready to celebrate Christmas, not just at church, but right here at home, in the middle of our real lives.

What kinds of Advent traditions do you have? I’d love to hear from you. Do you put up an Advent wreath? Have any favorite Advent calendars? (We used to love the German ones with the Kindersurprise eggs inside, but sadly they are banned in the U.S. now. So sad!)

xo – Lori

Thanks to Per Ola Wiberg for the photo!

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