Create an Advent Environment
Using color, symbol and sound beyond the customary Advent wreath and calendars helps create an atmosphere of anticipation. It sets the season apart, illuminating the time of waiting. When much of the world is jumping straight into Christmas decorations and festivity it helps to have visual ways to mark the season. Purples and blues reinforce the subdued, longing seasonal mood.
Here are some of the things I've accumulated over the years. It is important to get things you really love so you'll look forward to getting them out each year. If you keep your eyes open, there are many wonderful things to find or make.
Make easy Advent Mini Banners & Bookmarks
Count the Days
Ways to mark the passing of Advent days, some traditional, some less so
Mike and Molly and Baby at Advent
Learn about Advent along with Mike, Molly and Baby; simple Advent cartoon for December 1 – 25 with Bible verse, short reflection and Christmas carol for each day; nice to use with Advent wreath or alone
O Antiphon Cookies
Patterns and recipe to make cookies for the O Antiphon days, December 17-23
Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Resource Books for Families
Christmas Books for Children