Friday, December 10, 2010
When I was a young mother and after coming out of the
world into this life as a Christian, I didn't have any Christian
traditions. I mean, growing up on the roof of our house that
you could see for miles away was a neon sign that blinked off
and on that said, "Eat, drink, and be merry. So when I got
married and we started having kids and I became a Christian,
I didn't know what to do.
Someone must have felt sorry for me at our church and she gave me this
book by Ann Hibbard. I read it over and over and then author had directions
on how to make a Advent Tree. I went down and bought felt and started
making each ornament and the tree and I remember cutting out
each one and it was raining really hard outside and I was listening to
the rain as I made each ornament and I wondered what each one meant.
I think really I did it more for me than the kids.
This is how it looks with all of the ornaments on it.
We would start on the first day of December and I had the
four candles of Advent and the first one would be lit that first
week and we would do it by candlelight. The youngest would get
to put on the first ornament and blow out the candle.
The book as I was looking through it for this post has candle wax on
The little kids could recite each verse for each ornament. I bet if I showed
my kids today they could recite each verse still. I will reproduce a page since
this is December 10th
Jesus---spoken of by the Prophets
Yesterday we talked about sin being like darkness and Jesus as the light.
Here is another message that God gave Isaiah about darkness and light.
Read Isaiah 60:1-3
1. Where was the darkness?
2. What does this passage tell us about whom Jesus would come to save?
Review Isaiah 9:6
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be
on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Then we would pray and sing a song and for tonight it would be Joy to the World.
Then whom ever would be up that night would put on the ornament.
That is how some of them look close up. If I wasn't so
serious about letting my kids have their own traditions
I would put my oar in and make one for my grand kids.
But, it is important to me that they make their own traditions,
just like I did. I want the men to be the heads of their own homes
and to have their children see them as the heads of their families.
It is important to me that the Moms do what they feel best.
It is hard walking the fine line of being a good grandmother
and a meddler.
I just wanted to share this with you. It was something that we enjoyed
okay, I enjoyed. I don't know if they did so much once they all got
in high school.
Have great weekend!