If you missed them, be sure to check out Advent reflection 1 (Labor of Love), reflection 2 (The End of Advent), reflection 3 (What Means This?), and reflection 4 (Teaching Ourselves the Season) from last year.
Here is a small collection of ideas on celebrating and observing Advent as a family:
- Internet Monk offers a great set of ideas about “Observing Advent and Christmas: Thoughts for a Christian Family”.
- The Reformed Church in America also has a great set of family ideas for Advent. (They also have some very good family ideas for Christmas.)
- One interesting option: this Advent/Christmas story coloring book, where you color a page a day and assemble it into a book to read together on Christmas Day.
- A lot of families will do their own Advent wreath; here's a basic description of how to prepare one from the RCA folks, and here's a very good family devotional book for Advent wreaths.
- Another family celebration that is growing in popularity is the Advent Jesse Tree. There are a lot of good resources online about them, including this one from the popular blog "Rocks in My Dryer;" another article with instructions from CRI/Voice; this one from the good folks at the RCA, and this one from "jesse-trees.com," naturally.
NOTE: I'm posting this one BEFORE Advent, because you might actually want to plan ahead and actually do some of these.