Beyond the Tree… Decorating Our Hearts for Christmas

Beyond the Tree... Decorating Our Hearts for Christmas

The tree is up, but there is still other Christmas preparation to be done. The Shepherds ‘went with haste’ to the manger. Will your family be doing the same?

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. – Luke 2:15-16

Search the term ‘advent’ online and you’ll find the following definition:

ad·vent /ˈadˌvent/

  1. The arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
  2. The first season of the church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

Dig a little deeper and you’ll find resources to illuminate the most notable arrival ever, “a time of good news for great joy that will be for all the people,” when Love came down, Emmanuel ‘God with Us’, the Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. Name Above All Names, the Messiah, JESUS, “who is Christ the Lord”, our Redeemer and Savior.

The Christmas Bible Reading Plan

3 Simple Practices for a Peaceful Advent by Ann Voskamp

Anticipation by Tullian Tchividjian

Advent Conspiracy… A two-minute thought provoking video

Preparing for Christmas

Pray for Simplicity this Advent

The Innkeeper by John Piper… PDF of poem to read and share

Living Christmas… You’ll appreciate the notion behind this sweet Christmas message.

Renew Your Faith by Celebrating Advent

Journey to Christmas Advent Devotional Newsletter

When You Need to Lower Your Expectations This Christmas

Advent Calendar… Online Advent calendar -it’s from 2008, but don’t let that detour you. Disregard the days of the week & just go with the date for December (lots of other resources below the calendar too).

Advent Bible Verses

A Family Worship Service for the Four Sundays of Advent

The Magnificat… Thoughtful reflection on Luke 1:46-56 from Blessed are the Poor blog

Children’s Literature for Advent by Rea Berg of Beautiful Feet Books

Blessed December! Joy Dare! And 10 Wonderous Links for Your Advent Weekend from Ann Voskamp

Free Family Advent Christmas Devotional with Jesse Tree from Ann Voskamp

A Simple Advent 2012 from A Classic Housewife in a Modern World

Do You Advent?… from Mothers of Daughters Blog

The Ultimate Guide to Random Acts of Kindness

Need Some Christmas Inspiration or Focus?

Margin in December? by Steve Lambert

10 Days of Christmas Traditions & Ideas!… and some link-ups too

Scheduling Backwards from Christmas (Does Anyone Feel Like a Starter Pistol Has Been Fired?)

Celebrate Advent… from Focus on the Family

Thriving Family’s 2012 Advent Calendar

Holiday Planner… Not exactly Advent-y, but organization can leave time for Peace-filled anticipation.

How To Celebrate Christmas Using the Advent Wreath

DIY Printable Advent Calendar from

Advent 2012 from

Annie’s Christmas Welcome… Cute Advent resources for kids

Advent Pins on Pinterest

May your Christmas season be filled with the abundant blessing of the true reason for the season.