Each year, early in Advent, we host an Advent Celebration in our home. After a pot-luck meal, we gather for a participatory Advent devotional. In this time of joyous worship together, we recount the story of Christmas via “lessons and carols,” i.e., alternating singing Christmas carols with readings of scripture and poetry. The atmosphere is casual, family-style. Although it is designed for adult worship, children are most welcome. Indeed, we’ve enjoyed this tradition since our oldest daughters were very young — and we still use the handout originally laid out decades ago on a 1980’s vintage Mac computer (with here and there a few new quotations inserted).
Download it, create your own, and consider hosting an Advent celebration for your family and friends…
See a previous post for our favorite carol/songbooks.
Update (Monday, Dec 6): some photos from our Advent celebration this year:
Before the lessons and carols we enjoyed eating and just being together:
And we now have Christmas lights!