Our small group at church has a tradition to join together every Sunday in December to celebrate Advent. It’s a wonderful time of fellowship and fun– one that has gotten more meaningful over the years as we’ve added more children to the mix.

We keep it pretty simple– especially since we have seven kids under 5 in our group. We get together at 5 pm for a simple dinner (usually soup or something similar from the crock pot). Later, we light the advent wreath, sing songs (fortunately one of our member is a stellar guitar player) and read a few short verses from the bible. It’s short and sweet, but the kids (and adults!) love it and I love that this tradition brings meaning and gives our kids a weekly framework for the true meaning of the season.

If you’re interested in doing Advent– with your family or with a group– there are hundreds of resources online to get you started. Click here to find the one that our group uses or google “Advent guide” to find one of your own.

Question for you: Do you celebrate Advent? How?


  1. I have a scavenger hunt dealio I put together for my girls every day. My mom used to do something like it for us.

    Don't you just love singing with other adults. During one of our first experiences with a home group they gathered to sing–it brought tears to my eyes…adults rejoicing in God like that!
    ~ Wendy

  2. I LOVE the advent season.
    Really, Christmas for me is "tiny" symbols like this:
    setting up the manger scene and nestling the child safely in his straw home
    lighting candles
    singing hymns

    Otherwise, I'm pretty jaded.

    Blessings, dear one.

  3. I LOVE that you posted about this! I LOVE LOVE LOVE our small group Advent times!!!!

  4. Hi Erin,
    We do an advent wreath lighting with our family every Sunday night too. But how fun to do it with a small group! Great idea!

  5. It sounds so simple but full and lovely!

  6. Sounds so wonderful–and simple. Nice way to keep the stress down. We don't have advent traditions, but we try different things each year it seems. The kids spend time each night memorizing the recitations and songs for their Christmas program, if that counts!

  7. I am just discovering advent, and would love for you to take a look at the comment linking it to my thoughts on metaphorical napping in this blog post:

    As soon as I read that comment I thought of you. What a coincidence to see that advent is the topic of your latest post!

    Would love to hear your thoughts on the connection with "naps."

  8. Erin,
    This is such a good idea. I'd like to do this next year. Hope you guys had a Merry Christmas.

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