I perused, I clicked, I read, I made lists and now I've got an idea of where we are headed. Relatively simple for this year, but there are just SO MANY ideas if you look for them.
I checked out these places:
O Night Divine blog
Love2Learn's Advent reviews
Elizabeth's Advent/Christmas reading lists on her sidebar
Tracy's Circle Time/Advent Plans
Jessica's December book list on her sidebar
From there, this is what I did:
1. Signed us up for the Advent Adventure through Holy Heroes. We enjoyed all they offered for Lent, so we should enjoy it for Advent as well. I also found out that this year they will walk us through Advent using the Jesse Tree, which was one of the many suggestions I received. So, I'm not going to have to do any further looking on that subject.
2. Ordered these:
**From Adoremus Books:
Destination: Bethlehem (for our family Advent Adventure this year)
Bright Christmas: An Angel Remembers (for our bookshelf)
**From Catholic Company:
Advent Reflections Come, Lord Jesus (for my own Advent season reflection)
3. Put these on my library list and will request them this week:
Christmas in the Barn
Christmas in the Country
A Christmas Story
The Donkey's Dream
The Legend of the Candy Cane
The Legend of the Christmas Stocking
The Legend of the Christmas Tree
The Light of Christmas
While Angels Watch
Ideas, ideas, ideas! There are so many options. I think we'll have a good start with what I've listed here and perhaps whatever else we plan along the way.
I've filled this post with lots of things for you to clickety-click on, but if you are still looking for great ideas hopefully this will inspire you to just head on over to those places. Have fun with it and prepare away!
I'm looking forward to celebrating the beautiful season of advent peacefully, while preparing our hearts for the birth of Our King.