Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas, Christmas Time is Here

How have we been alive for thirty something years and still don't get that Christmas comes right after Thanksgiving?

Last night was the first night of advent.  As usual, we realized it mid morning and did our traditional, "oh crap.  Advent starts tonight."

Nothing was ready.  No wreath.  No candles.  Nothing.

We're slowly learning that we don't have to have all the decorations, cute calendars, or a ton of Christmas decorations to celebrate our favorite holiday of the year.  Good thing right?  Because this year in Haiti we don't hardly have any of those things.  Last night we found our trusty advent study online, and Aaron made a makeshift candle holder out of a potato and candles we bought off the street.  We've taken ghetto to a whole new level.



Even with a potato sitting on my coffee table, I'm super excited about the start of this season.

18 comments:

Melissa said...

Some thoughts.

1. Boys aren't the only ones who act goofy during "serious" devotion times. TRUST ME.

2. My kid pleasantly surprised me last night when I asked how God wanted us to wait for things and she said, "Joyfully." I think I'm going to petition for our children's pastors to get a nice Christmas bonus for making my job easier, because somehow it sinks in more when it's coming from them!

3. I forget too. EVERY year. Last night I had to go to two different stores because the first one I went to didn't carry taper candles.

Since Jesus came into our dirty world into a dirty barn, I think a potato (which grows in the dirt) is kind of fitting.

Anonymous said...

I needed this. You are not alone about the goofiness during family Advent times.Thanks for the motivation to get back to it. I also appreciate your humble perspective; we aren't trying to be "those people" but it sure can feel like it when you're stripping away the junk that doesn't make our celebrations any different from the world's stressful, not-about-Christ-REALLY ways. Would you pray that my husband and I would help our family do Christmas differently this year? OUr college age kids initiated the desire to be more others-focused. Our 8 year old? He told us, "Can you still feed my greed, though?"

Zoanna said...

Oops! failed to sign my name.... Let's try this again.

Leigh said...

My best friend and her husband are figuring out how to handle the Santa situation with their almost 2 year old daughter. My parents didn't raise me or my brother to believe in Santa (I always got a kick out of leaving out the cookies that my Dad hated!) so I've passed on what I was taught but I will definitely be passing this along to her as an additional resource!

Kimberly said...

This is a great post, thank you for sharing!

We love "Behold the Lamb" too. My brother-in-law actually roomed with Andrew in college. My husband won me over when he introduced me to Andrew at a concert on a first date, hahahaha!!

Thanks for always finding a way to convict with grace. It is a rare and beautiful treasure of a talent you possess.

Zoanna said...

Oops, I forgot to sign my name above. (The one w/ the 8 year old. )LEt's try this again....

Laura said...

Thank you. I really needed this. My family is at this same place and sometimes it is hard to explain to people (especially other believers) why we don't do all the "Christmasy" stuff without sounding like we are more "holy" than them. This post was great. thanks!!

Gabe said...

Thanks for the great post on Christmas! We've been working our way through the "junk" traditions and activities and trying to keep our Christmas season pointed to Christ. We're trying to make it a joyful time filled with quality family time remembering Christ's birth. We just started doing advent this year.

cheryl said...

Great post! I love how you keep it real. Man, I sometimes feel like I'm the only mom of GIRLS who act like crazy maniacs when we're trying to do something "serious."
We've added the Jesse Tree to our family traditions. I couldn't find ornaments to go with it that would stand the test of tiny hands and time, so my mom helped me create a really neat embroidered set. It's the same general idea as and advent wreath.
Here's a link to my blog about it, but I'm sure you've heard of it.
http://jessetreeornaments.wordpress.com/

Mrs. Deem said...

AWESOME post!

mandi said...

We love advent too. I look forward to it all year. And then it surprises me when it comes!

We make our candle holders out of salt dough too! Here's our posts on that:

http://herbanhomestead.blogspot.com/search?q=advent

faithlikemustard said...

Delurking to let you know that I'm also a fellow Baptist with an interest in Advent so I'm going to check out some of your links later. I guess I need to read that Piper book--it keeps popping up in online convos everywhere!

I have really, really enjoyed reading your blog and learning about the work your family is doing in Haiti. God bless! :)

Anonymous said...

Our boys love the book Jotham's Journey and the 2 others in the series. Dad reads one to them each year during the advent season. Here's a link www.jerichoquill.com Love the potato candle - very creative.

Ruth Ann said...

I just recently started reading your blog and wanted to tell you a couple of quick things:
1. Thanks for being brave and moving your whole family to Haiti to serve the Lord. It gives other people (like myself) courage and motiviation to step out of our comfort zones and act on what we're called to do.
2. I love your boys. and your boy stories. I have two little boys and another on the way so I really appreciate hearing how you deal with all the testosterone...and the madness :)
3. Great thoughts on Advent. Have you ever tried to doing a Jesse tree?

mamamargie said...

You are an excellent writer and, what's even better, you offer excellent material to read. This post was no exception. Thank you!

Sandee said...

Loved the great ideas...and all the links. Thank you.

Marla Taviano said...

Thank you. And just so you know, I'm 17 posts behind (thank you, Google Reader), and I have a little time to catch up right now, so you'll probably be getting a bunch of random comments on old posts and wondering why in the world.

Sharon and Manuel said...

YOu are one of my very favorite bloggers!!! I just love your witty writing style and all the lessons you have learned and are sharing with us!! Thanks so much!! I tune in every single day to see if you have written something new!

sharon