Sunday, December 1, 2013

if you're ready to be ready for christmas

He was created of a mother whom He created.  He was carried by hands that He formed.  He cried in the manger in wordless infancy.  He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.
::Augustine

How do you prepare for someone like that?

In our home we've learned not to measure our readiness for Christmas by how many lights have been hung or how many gifts have been wrapped.  On the 25th of December, we could possess no more than a brittle branch of a tree that stands without a thing to offer underneath as long as we'd made the preparations of the heart.

Christmas marks an arrival and every arrival is made more joyous if preparations have been made...if you are ready for your guest.  If you have thought of them and made room for them in the home of your heart everyone can feel the difference.

This week marks the beginning of Advent...a time to prepare for the coming...the arrival...of the most important guest of all time.  Here are a few ways we are getting ready in case you are ready to be ready too...

1:: My dear artist friend, Arin, has created a beautiful FREE download that takes you through all 25 days of advent {don't worry...it's never too late to start...jump in anytime!}.  This is simple enough to do with your entire family.  She is making daily readings available on her True Cotton website one week at a time.  {and psst...by the way...you might want to peruse her lovely prints for Christmas gifts this year}
2:: I patiently gazed upon this book as it sat on my kitchen counter for the past few weeks.  Now I can finally dive deep into the words of the poetic, grace-filled Ann Voskamp.  Her new book takes you on a personal journey through this season.

3:: Our family will spend the Sundays of advent HERE.  You can join us in person or on the web.

How are you getting ready?