Celebrating the Season: Faith and Fun for Advent and Christmas

Welcome to Celebrating the Season here at Syncopated Mama!  

I'm so excited to be writing this series - you'll find ideas (something for everyone) for making your Advent and Christmas seasons more merry through great books, movies, music, activities, and a special faith section (with free printables!) to help focus your thoughts on the greatest gift of all.

Here in the Healy Household, we're still determining our special family traditions, but they'll revolve around these five topics that I'll be highlighting each day beginning the first day of Advent and continuing through the twelfth day of Christmas.

All of the music comes straight from my holiday playlist and the books are all favorites from our home library, but a few of the first few days of movies aren't usually in our regular rotation.  They are all movies I've seen and that people I know and love enjoy, so I've used these suggestions to help fill out all the days.  

We always do a few of the activities I'll be sharing (especially those revolving around food), some we do just if we're in the mood or have extra time, but they're all sure to provide fodder for your brain as you dream up your own special family traditions.

The faith section's daily themes are loosely based on the Jesse Tree concept.  I've never taken part in that Advent observance myself, but the idea has intrigued me ever since I came across it last year.  I discovered a variety of symbols and verses being used in this practice, so I combined them all into my own standard list for each day, melded with ways that Jesus fulfilled the Law (Matthew 5:17).

I have thoughts about projects and crafts and songs that could go along with each day's focus, but this will not be the year for those.  Instead, I hope to use each theme as a meditation point to go along with the daily Advent readings.

We'll see where that path leads us.

This will be the landing page for each post in the series, so if you ever need to find them all listed in one place, you'll just need to head here.  Make it easy on yourself and bookmark this page. 

Day 1 - Creation
Day 2 - Adam and Eve 
Day 3 - Noah
Day 4 - Abraham   
Day 5 - Isaac
Day 6 - Jacob  
Day 7 - Joseph
Day 8 - Moses 
Day 9 - Joshua 
Day 10 - Ruth  
Day 11 - Samuel
Day 12 - Jesse 
Day 13 - David
Day 14 - Solomon  
Day 15 - Captivity
Day 16 - Esther  
Day 17 - Daniel
Day 18 - Jonah  
Day 19 - John the Baptist
Day 20 - The Annunciation  
Day 21 - The Visitation
Day 22 Joseph  
Day 23 - Bethlehem
Day 24 - Shepherds  
Day 25 - Birth
Day 26 Emmanuel
Day 27 Son of God
Day 28 Egypt
Day 29 - Innocents
Day 30 - Annointed and Eternal 
Day 31 - The Holy Family 
Day 32 - Our High Priest 
Day 33 - Mary 
Day 34 - Prophet
Day 35 - Presentation in the Temple
Day 36 - King
Day 37 - Worshiped by Kings

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Are you ready to join me?  What are some of the traditions you and your family engage in, to help make this time of year more complete?  I'd love to hear!  Leave a comment or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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