It’s hard to believe that is time to start preparing for Christmas!
With all the decorating and baking and shopping, I want to make sure every year that our hearts are also ready.
One way we do that is by celebrating Advent. We have an advent wreath on the table and we light one more candle each of the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas. We also a special family devotional together in the evenings.
When the kids were younger we had a favorite devotional book called “Do You See What I See“. It’s a devotional seek and find book with bright pictures and “I Spy” type pages that really captured the attention of our preschoolers. You can still order the book from Creative Communications for the Parish.
Then as the kids grew older we used different devotional books until we discovered Jotham’s Journey.
Oh. my. This is a good one!
This devotional for Advent had been out of print for many years, but has just recently been republished in paperback.
We thoroughly enjoyed reading it two years ago – seriously – my kids loved it!
We equally enjoyed the sequel, Bartholomew’s Passage last Christmas.
So we were very excited to see the third book in the trilogy, Tabitha’s Travels, is now available this year.
Each of these books is an exciting family story specifically designed for Advent. The story is divided into a reading for every day from the first day of Advent to Christmas Morning, with a devotional thought at the end of each one.
There’s enough action and adventure to keep the attention of every member of the family – with a splash of humor thrown in to relieve the tension.
Each day’s reading leaves you wanting more.
The books are loosely tied together, and my kids love seeing some of the characters from one of the other books appear in the one we are reading.
You could read them in any order, but I recommend starting with Jotham.
Your Christmas will never be the same!