This Advent season, our family has decided to slow things down. With Baby Mercy’s surgery and the appointments surrounding this portion of her journey, I feel it would benefit our family to stay very low-key this Christmas. We are not traveling (except for appointments), and we are not doing as many Advent activities as we often do this time of year. I’m limiting blog posts here on Raising Arrows, and I’m not podcasting this month. In essence, because of the amount of stress we’ve endured these last few weeks, we are pulling back from all extras so we can focus on Christ this Christmas. But, we are still celebrating, just in smaller ways, and I want to share with you those plans.
Watching Holiday Movies
Our family loves Christmas movies! There’s nothing more relaxing at Christmas time than sitting down all together and watching movies with some popcorn and hot chocolate! Something new on our list this year is Pure Flix Christmas movies! Pure Flix has a FREE MOVIE EVERY SUNDAY in the 5 weeks leading up to Christmas. CLICK HERE to gain access to these free Christmas movies! (You can even get a FREE MONTH and have access to ALL of the Pure Flix library!)
I purchased Advent calendars at Aldi this year, and every night we enjoy a piece of candy behind the numbered doors in the calendar. This was a tradition carried over from my childhood, and one I’m certain my children will carry on into their own homes someday.
Jesse Tree Devotional
(without the tree)
I love Jesse Tree Devotionals because they tell the story of Jesus from the beginning of time. But this year, I chose not to do the ornaments, projects, or anything else besides reading each night. We are using Ann Voskamp’s Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, but there are tons of other fantastic options. In fact, I have an entire post on Advent resources HERE!
Names of Jesus
We always do Christmas School rather than actual homeschooling during the month of December. One of the things we are doing during school time this year is going over the names of Jesus in the Bible. We are using this Names of Jesus Chain and this Names of Jesus Unit Study. These have been the most simplistic and family friendly resources I could find on the topic.
A Year of Playing Skillfully
We are also enjoying some of the more low-key projects from the December section of our beloved preschool curriculum – A Year of Playing Skillfully. These include window painting, cranberry projects, and cookie decorating.
Advent Nature Study
Advent would not be complete without our favorite Christmas science resource – Nature Study Through the Holidays.
This is such a fantastic way to do Christmas school, and continues to be a family favorite year after year! I also love that the projects in this book are not difficult to implement and don’t require a lot of planning.
+ Whatever I Find Along the Way…
Beyond these activities, I’m really not doing much else. I keep my eyes open for things I think might be fun (and easy) on the internet, we are doing some holiday baking, listening to tons of Christmas music on Amazon and Pandora, and enjoying the twinkling lights and delicious smells of our family home.
If you are feeling stressed this holiday season, won’t you quiet your heart, calm your home, and join us in keeping things low-key and focused on Christ this Christmas? It may prove to be the best Christmas you’ve ever spent as a family!