The First Sunday of Advent follows Thanksgiving. It's a good idea to begin preparing the week before Thanksgiving, if life allows it. If not, try to give yourself as much time as you can. It really makes getting things ready much more enjoyable.
~ First, you want to make sure and buy your Advent candles. Check out your parish gift shop if you have one. You can try to make your own if you are feeling adventurous.
~ Next, pull out your Advent bin and remind yourself of it's contents.
~Set up your Advent calendar.
~ Gather your books using this amazing resource and add the ones you want to use for the first week to your morning basket.
~ Make sure you have enough copies of O Come, O Come Emmanuel to share during your family prayer time.
~ Think of ways to spread HOPE everywhere you go. One way to do this is to go through your things and share some items with others. This is a great time to encourage the kids to share some of their toys with kids who are less fourtunate than themselves!
This year I think we are going to attempt to add this Jesse Tree, Jesus' family tree, to our family prayer time. We've done others before but, this one will be one to keep and use year.
We'll definitely be reading from this book each day ~
Have a blessed first week of Advent!