I have many little children, so I try to keep our Advent simple. We are using Alices’ Advent Cubes this year, which is plenty to do in one day for the littles. We are also spending lots of time snuggled up reading aloud. I’m not planning any lapbooks or portfolios. We will do whatever we feel moved to do with the books we read. We made a simple Advent Wreath:
Our “Pregnant Candle” is on the mantle. (the tree on the right is a fiber-optic table top tree that my boys picked out for us! 🙂 ):
The children made stars to adorn the windows in our diningroom/learning space. When I found this great craft idea at By Sun and Candlelight, I knew it was perfect for Samuel, 3, and Mary, 4. Big sister Abigail, 9, helped by punching the stars out. The tree in the center is our Jesse Tree. We are hanging our Advent Cubes on it each day, and soon it will be in full bloom with the symbols of Our Saviors lineage.
The stars on the other window (and in the daylight!):
All of the books and crafts and traditions are beautiful, very rich, and they add so much to our preparations. But, the very best part of this time of year is the conversations we share with one another, the sparkle of excitement in my childrens’ eyes, the whispers of plans of giving to one another, and the time spent together preparing our home, our family and our hearts for the One who is to come.