It seems that we’re always trying to get back to “the true meaning” of this
sacred holiday, but we aren’t always sure exactly where to start. The passages
of Scripture read during Advent help our family to keep our focus on that true
meaning while we wait for the coming of Christmas
I was well into adulthood before I discovered that Advent had nothing to do with those cardboard Christmas calendars filled with hidden chocolates. Advent literally means “coming” and is an actual season on a Christian’s calendar in the days leading up to Christmas.
Advent is waiting for the coming of Christmas Day—remembering Old Testament prophecies that told of Messiah and the Hope that one tiny Baby brought to the world. In and of itself, Christmas brings anticipation—not just of opening gifts or seeing loved
ones, but of The Gift given to us in our greatest time of need. Traditionally, Advent begins the last Sunday of November or on the first day of December, and is a series of Scriptures that are read to re-tell the story of Emmanuel—God with us. Our family shares these verses at home and talks about the hundreds of prophecies fulfilled in our Lord Jesus. I asked our children why it is important to begin the Christmas Story in Creation. Our twelve-year-old replied, “Well, if you start in the middle of a book, you don’t really understand what’s going on”. Exactly. God has an amazing plan for us, and it begins in the book of Genesis.
As Americans, we “do” Christmas to the fullest! We walk malls, string lights, bake
cookies, sing carols, make fudge, visit family, go to church, wrap gifts, stuff stockings and more, more, more! We experience the season at the speed of a Christmas light, and wonder where it went once it’s over. It seems that we’re always trying to get back to “the true meaning” of this sacred holiday, but we aren’t always sure exactly where to start. The passages of Scripture read during Advent help our family to keep our focus on that true meaning while we wait for the coming of Christmas. So, while we’re keeping traditions and making memories while we wait, we are also intentionally keeping Christ as the Focus of this season.
If you would like to join us in celebrating Advent, I have included the Bible verses that we study below. People often light a candle during the reading, but we’ve never quite
gotten around to that part. We just take turns reading the passages and sharing our thoughts about the text. I am often amazed by how much we learn about Jesus and about each other in the few short minutes we spend gathered around His Word each evening in December. Sometimes, we get behind a day or two, and we just do our best to catch up during subsequent days. It’s not about finishing a race, but about building a relationship.
*Trista Hill is wife to Dave and momma to Rachel, Gracie and Isaac. She spends her days at their home in the country and enjoys learning along with her kids. Trista also trains other women in various aspects of homemaking, with a special focus on how to save money at the grocery store. You can like her page on FB at
Thanks to Trista for this great information. What a great way to teach our families to have a Biblical world view. It's not about teaching them "stories" as stand alone happenings as we often do, but rather, to teach them about how God's story begins and ends.