The Sunday after Thanksgiving was the first day of Advent. This is always an adventure in our house. The monkeys all arm wrestle to see who is going to get to light the candles on the Advent log and I stand by with a fire extinguisher in case things get out of hand. There is a lot of prayer involved. Like, Lord, please help these children not to turn into pyromaniacs or arsonists.
We have a family tradition for Advent. Each year, we read a book called Jotham's Journey by Arnold Ytreede. It usually takes us two Advent seasons to make it through the entire book. Jotham's Journey is the story of a ten-year-old boy, named Jotham who is in search of his family. His search takes him across Israel where he encounters many adventures. Each chapter ends in a cliff hanger, so the kids are always begging me to read more, and more, and more, and more. You get the point. The ending is very sweet, but don't take my word for it. Read Jotham's Journey for yourself. Your kids will love it!
(Just make sure to have your fire extinguisher handy if your kids are anything like mine with the whole candle lighting thing. )