We keep things simple at our house during Advent. We have an advent wreath (from Hobby Lobby) that we display on our dining room table. We let the children take turns lighting the candles before dinner on the Sundays of Advent.
This year we’ll probably light them for dinner for most of the rest of the days of Advent. I got smarter this year and bought bigger candles that will, hopefully, last long enough for us to light them daily. I love having the candles lit during dinner, but we often have to blow them out soon after we light them- little girls, long hair and candles…fire hazard. We also say the prayer for the week from The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions for Children's Faith Formation. (I have found several simple suggestions for celebrating the faith in that book.) This year we also want to sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel before dinner; at least on Sundays if we can’t manage to do it every day. Though, our kids love to sing, so they likely won’t let us forget.
Grete Veliz is not a blogger- she doesn't even have a Facebook account! She is an "in real life" friend of mine and someone I greatly admire. I am often edified by Grete's faith and impressed by the simple ways she humbly lives it out and so I wanted to share her with the world. Grete and her knight in shining armor (well, he's a Knight of Columbus) Mark are active in various ministries at their parish, where their two older children attend school. Grete said, "I’m really excited to be a part of this series and look forward to reading about the traditions of other families." I'm really excited, too, Grete!