If you’re stopping by Sweeter Still for the first time, I’m so happy you’re here for this series of posts about Advent. Recently I shared the way our family is using the Elf on the Shelf tradition a little differently this year. Typically the elf serves as a sort of watchdog, reporting back to Santa about whether children are naughty or nice. While this can help to encourage good behavior, we also want our little ones focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.
For our family, the Christmas season isn’t just about Santa and exchanging presents, but about celebrating the birth of Jesus. We call this season “Advent” because it’s a time of anticipating his arrival. We don’t want the gift of Jesus to get lost in all the festivity, but rather to be the motivation for our holiday activities. So I decided that for the ten days leading up to Christmas, each day I’ll share a fun and meaningful way to celebrate Advent as a family.
Bring a treat to your neighbors
The Christmas season is so full of hustle and bustle, so packed with fun activities, that we can easily forget about our immediate community in the midst of all the busyness. Make time to deliver a small treat to your neighbors as a way to spread a little joy. A homemade card or a pretty poinsettia plant is a great way to show your neighbors that you care.