Advent is one of the most precious times of the year, and also one of the most stressful for moms. I told you all last year how things are getting a tad bit easier around here with bigger kids, but still sometimes just hearing the word Advent is enough to send us mommas into an anxiety attack. I mean how in the world can I do something every day with my children for 25 days, we can hardly even bathe every day for the love.
Here's what I want you momma's to hear from me. #1 Run YOUR race. #2 Do as much as you can and you WIN! #3 The Advent season is about coming together to anticipate the coming of our Savior, it is not about getting it all done so that you are a good mom. Nope. It's about your family coming together and celebrating.
So, as you go into the Advent season you need to do what your family can do, and not what everyone else's families are doing. When you miss a day, you keep moving. When a kid throws up over the Advent reading, you keep on grooving. When a kid loses their mind and is banished to their room for the rest of the night, you keep on grooving. You do your thing and don't get stressed. I'm giving you permission to skip days, move them around, go back to old days, and for the love just plain eat cookies for dinner one night and call it a win.
This year I’ve teamed up with 7 other bloggers, to create a unique Advent activity, The Hope Chain. This is one of those old-school link chains, and the activities listed each day only require 15 minutes or less.
The Hope Chain
What it is: An Advent chain with one activity for each day of December leading up to Christmas that promotes fun, connection, and faith.
How to use it: Print + cut the activities into strips. Form strips into a chain in order (they are numbered). Each day (carefully) tear off the bottom chain as a family and do the activity listed when you have a 15 min. window. Start on Dec 1st for 25 Days of Advent, ending on Christmas day.
You will need: Printer, Paper, Stapler / Tape
Hashtag: We’d love for you to hashtag your family doing the advent activities throughout the season. Use the hashtag #thehopechain
Because these bloggers are so much fun, each one has a different design of The Hope Chain. You can choose the one that fits your home décor and colors best!
No matter what happens this holiday season for you and your family know this about Advent — it's not about how much you get done, but it's about how you do what you do. Do what you can, and do it well. Invest in your family in the moment. Don't beat yourself up if you forget a day or two (or ten!), but keep moving forward by loving your kids well and showing them Jesus.
December is not about getting the most activities in with your kids, but it's about talking about Jesus with your kids and celebrating family. I hope that this advent chain is something can help your family enjoy each other and focus on Jesus.