You are officially invited to join me for a special advent series/book club/craft event. I have never really done anything special for advent. Every year I strive to get closer to the real meaning of Christmas. I try to tackle shopping earlier and let family drama roll off my back. Each year I get a little better at handling the holidays. The thing that is missing, the thing that makes all the to-do lists and stress disappear, is a Christ centered anticipation and celebration.
And I’m inviting you to join me.
I’m focusing on, celebrating and expressing Advent.
Wikipedia defines Advent as a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
Would you like to join along with me as I read Ann Voskamp’s book The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping The Full Love Story Of Christmas? Ann will take us through the lineage of Jesus to show the history that has been centuries of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. In her words, “To come to the Christmas tree through the family tree of Christ.”
Each week I will hit the highlights of the weekly reading and present a craft project. The craft will be my way of turning the weekly reading and meaning into a tangible reminder for years to come. You guys know God speaks to me through “stuff”!
All the projects will be easy, inexpensive and reproducible by anyone who desires to follow along. Ann’s book actually rolls out a Jesse Tree, you are welcome to do that, or simply just read along. You are just wanted on this journey, however it looks for you!
My hope is that we’ll all start to see the details of Advent in our lives and homes. That this year Christmas will be about more than presents and ugly sweaters, that it will be a joyful time to experience Christ together and posture us to look to the love that came down.
The book is 25 readings meant to start December 1st. I have changed the reading schedule as follows to allow some wiggle room on reading and to give time to complete projects if you wish. Here is the schedule (please note the days listed will not and do not have to match the actual calendar! You could do the study in June if you wanted!):
Pick up or order your book (affiliate link here) The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
Week 1: read Days 1-5 – Week One – Twig Tree Project
Week 2: read Days 6-10 Week 2 – Clock Face Ornaments
Week 3: read Days 11-15 Week 3 – Scarlet Heart Garland
Week 4: read Days 16-20 Week 4 – Mixed Metal Arrow
Week 5: read Days 21-25 Week 5 – My Gift To You
You are welcome to pace yourself in this study, I just want you to read and relish the season!
Ann invites us into this love story with her moving introduction. In it she states, “And the heart that makes time and space for Him to come will be a glorious place. A place of sheer, radiant defiance in the face of a world careening mad and stressed.”
Let’s defy the hustle and bustle, all the commercial chaos the world tells us that Christmas is and have hearts that shine like radiant beacons, beckoning others to join in our peace. To know our Jesus.
Will you join me? It would make my heart swell for you to come along beside me on this journey, for this to be a conversation, not just my thoughts. I want to learn from you. Grab your book and START READING Days 1-5!
Don’t forget to invite others to celebrate with us! Please share on Facebook, Pinterest or by e-mail this invitation to an Advent adventure!
Here is a link to join a separate e-mail group, just for participants of this series. You will receive all the Hunt & Host post notifications plus extra encouragement and offers during Advent through this exclusive club! EVEN if you are on my e-mail list, you will need to sign up separately for this particular list to be included.