When I was a kid the closest my family came to observing Advent was to use an Advent calendar one year. Made of printed cardboard in the shape of the classic “Night Before Christmas” house, it had little pull-out tabs for each day that revealed a picture underneath. It must have been a fairly cheap one, because it was only the last tab, for Christmas Eve, that concealed a square of chocolate. This yummy little prize caused quite a bit of drama when one of my brothers pulled that tab a couple of weeks early and helped himself to the chocolate. This is my strongest Advent memory!
In our home that year, Advent was little more than a countdown to Christmas — and for us kids a countdown to opening presents. Even though we wholeheartedly believed that Jesus was the reason for the season, Advent was not part of our family’s annual rhythm. Perhaps you can relate.
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