The last several weeks around here have been spent prioritizing. After last year, I was determined to go into the Advent season a bit more settled this year. So we have been spending time enjoying school, working on some home projects, and doing some decluttering that was long overdue. In the midst of all of that, it seems that the holidays have come upon us way too fast. At least, I feel like we are prepared to focus on the important things this season.
I think I promised last year to share a bit about our ornaments for our tree and how some of them came to be. Unfortunately, I never got around to sharing, so I thought I'd set aside some time to do that now that we are preparing to decorate again. Over the coming days, I will be posting about some of our specific ornaments that we use on our tree, our thinking behind the symbols, and where we found them or how they were made. But first, I wanted to revisit some of our family's thoughts about decorating for Christmas.
We decided after our oldest son was born that we wanted to keep the focus of our decor in line with the reason we celebrate. It's not that we have anything major against Santa and snowmen, but there are plenty of those to be seen all over the place during the season. In our home, we feel that it is easier to explain how our decorations are symbols of Christ. In my mind, it seems a little counterintuitive to say we want to focus on Jesus but continue to use the same symbols that the world uses.
I have shared before, that Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper has influenced the way we think through holidays in our home quite a bit. I consider it a wonderful resource, although, our celebrations don't look exactly like the ones described in the book. That's the beauty of the whole process. Each family can come away with traditions that reflect what's important to them.
Do you have any special traditions in your home for the Advent season?