Ted and I have not done too much to start our own family traditions for our kids especially around the holiday times. We have a few traditions carried over from my family like coloring eggs on Good Friday but there was not much else. Last year we decided it was time to start so we decided to make a birthday cake that we eat on Christmas morning. This year I got an Advent calendar and an Advent prayer/activity book for the family. Our kids have had a blast putting up a little velcro figure on the stable background every night. We read a little Bible verse and a prayer that goes with the calendar. Ted and I have tried to talk about the little lesson and expand it a bit while we eat. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Last night we put up a velcro star and talked about Jesus being the light of the world.
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
We talked about how Jesus can light up the sad and dark places of our lives. We decided to turn off the lights and eat our supper by candlelight to show how important light is.
It took about 6 candles before we had enough light to actually see our plates. We talked about how big Jesus has to be in order to light the whole world.
Luke and Ryan thought this whole experience was the coolest idea. Quinn on the other hand just did not get it. While Ted was getting more candles out so we could see better, she just kept on grunting and pointing to the chandelier above the table and the light switch. I can only imagine what she was thinking. It was probably something like “Oh great, I got adopted by some weird parents who don’t even remember where the light switch is. Great luck I have.” Either the cultural/language/age barrier got in the way but I think our object lesson was lost on our 2 year olds.