ADVENTures: Preparing for Christmas

The Advent Season is a perfect time to refocus our attention on the God’s greatest gift to mankind: our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Christmas is a month away and the season of Advent begins this Sunday, November 30th. As you read this, my family is dancing around the house, listening to Christmas carols, drinking lots of hot cocoa and peppermint mochas while decorating our home and tree. Yep, we are one of those crazy people that start listening to Christmas music and pull out all of the Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. And after a year like this one, I think we are all ready to get 2020 over with and usher in a new year as soon as possible. Christmas time reminds us we are almost to the finish line of 2020!

Growing up, our family celebrated the liturgical season of Advent, so when I became a mom, I wanted to make sure I incorporated this tradition with my family. If you don’t celebrate Advent, let me encourage you to start. It is a wonderful way to keep Christ at the center of your Christmas celebrations and preparations. And it is so simple to do! I promise! You won’t be adding more things to your already busy and hectic holiday schedule.

Advent is two-fold.  It celebrates the first coming of Jesus, His birth, and His incarnation.  But most importantly, Advent also looks forward to Jesus’ second coming!  And aren’t we all ready for Jesus to come back! The whole idea of celebrating the Advent season is to celebrate Jesus’ first miraculous coming AND to remember His promise to come again!  In Latin, Adventus means “to arrive” or “to come.” This is what Jesus did 2,000 years ago. But in Roman times, Adventus was also a military term for a “glorious entry.” An emperor would enter the city after a military victory. This is exactly what Jesus will do in His second coming!

The easiest way to celebrate Advent and to use it as a time to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Jesus and His glorious promise to return, is to use an Advent Wreath. Each week, light a new candle and read and meditate on certain scriptures. Yes, it is that simple, but when you take the time each Sunday to read a new passage and light a candle each day before a meal, it forces you and your family to slow down, refocus, and meditate on the reason for the season.

The Advent Wreath has four candles, one for each Sunday of Advent. In a nutshell, our family would light a new candle each Sunday of Advent and would focus on the following passages and themes:

  • First Sunday: Prophecies of Jesus’ Birth (Main Passage Isaiah 9:2-7)
  • Second Sunday: Preparation of Jesus’ Birth (Main Passage Luke 1:26-56)
  • Third Sunday: The Joy of Jesus’ Birth (Main Passage Luke 2: 1-21)
  • Fourth Sunday: Promises of Jesus’ 2nd Coming (Main Passage Acts 1:10-11)

During the week as we sat down to share a meal, we would light the candle again, re-read the passage, discuss it, read other similar passages, memorize scripture, sing Christmas carols with the same themes, and pray. You can make it more elaborate, you can make it part of your morning time basket, or you can save it for family dinner time. That’s really it!

In this week’s podcast episode, ADVENTtures: Preparing for Christmas, I go into more detail and explain the activities you can do, the scriptures you can read, and the carols you can sing each week and each morning.

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Subscribe to  Coffee With Carrie during the month of December, and I’ll send you  as a gift the weekly Advent Devotional I created and use every year. 

Put on some Christmas music, pour yourself a cup of peppermint mocha, and join me for this little coffee break.  Let’s turn your Christmas preparations into an Advent Adventure.  

LIST OF RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST:

Advent Wreath: Traditional wreath with evergreen sprigs

Nativity Advent Wreath: Nativity Scene instead of evergreens

Make Beeswax Advent Candles: This is a fun activity and great gift idea too!

Advent Candles (3 purple & 1 pink)

The Story of Christmas Book Set Advent Calendar: Read one each day when you light the advent candle.

The Adventures of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions by Lisa Whelchel 

Unicorns, Hamsters, & the Comparison Trap

Riddle me this:  What do unicorns, hamsters, and comparisons have in common? 

If your interest is piqued and you are wondering what on earth this has to do with homeschooling, then join me for this week’s Coffee With Carrie podcast.  Do you feel like you are constantly spinning your wheels but going nowhere and accomplishing nothing?  If so, then take a little break from all of the hustle and bustle, get off the crazy train for a spell, and pour yourself a much-needed cup of coffee. 

Join me this week as I use a few humorous analogies to explain why homeschooling moms are always in perpetual motion and more importantly with a little humor, I share a few ways to make the never-ending spinning stop.  I promise, you will never look at unicorns and hamsters the same way again!  

NEW PODCAST: Unicorns, Hamsters & the Comparison Trap

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Messy Monday

It’s Monday Ya’ll!

It’s time to get on board the HOT MESS Express with me!

Let’s get real!  
In my book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step with God, I talk about the importance of not only sharing your wonderful homeschool days but to make sure we share our the crazy, messy, mixed up, awful homeschool days too.  Yep, that’s right! Post your beautifully messy lives too!

Social media is filled with perfect little families, perfectly completed lessons, and perfectly clean houses.   Don’t get me wrong,  these pictures can be very encouraging and very inspiring to see especially for a mom like me who struggles. But also we need to remember that even the most seasoned homeschooling moms have bad moments, bad days, and even bad months.

Sharing with other moms your good, bad, AND ugly is an opportunity to be real.  

  • It is an opportunity for growth.  
  • It is an opportunity to laugh at ourselves.  
  • It is an opportunity to ask for prayer.  
  • It might even be an opportunity to encourage a mom just like you who might be struggling with the same things you are.

⁣Check out today’s Coffee With Carrie IG post:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CHp8mjQBNjF/. I give you a real look at last week’s mess in our home!  Enjoy the piles of dirty cloths, unfinished school work, kitchen disasters, and desks covered in, well, all kinds of stuff.  (And you can thank me later for making you feel like a super mom after you see it!)

It’s Messy Monday, ya’ll!  Join me today!
Share your Monday messes in your IG stories and don’t forget to tag me @coffeewithcarrieconsultant so we can be hot messes together!

Be proud of your mess. It just proves that God isn’t finished with you yet. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Then make sure you listen to this week’s upcoming podcast.  It drops on Thursday morning. I talk more about the importance of being transparent and dangers of the comparison trap.

See you @ Instagram today!

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Guarding Hearts & Minds: One Dryer Sheet at a Time

Yes, folks, I have yet another embarrassing homeschooling moment to share with you, but trust me!  There is a point to my crazy story and also a few great homeschooling lessons to learn.

In this week’s podcast, I share four simple and easy ways to guard the hearts and minds of our children and how to protect ourselves from letting anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness fester and consume us.  Join me for this week’s episode as I give ideas on how to use wholesome literature to whet your child’s appetite for godly things, activities you can do to cultivate grateful & forgiving hearts, and how to develop a habit of personal quiet time and family devotions. 

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and take a little coffee break with me this week as I share how to guard hearts and minds one dryer sheet at a time!

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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

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Thanksgiving: Lesson Learned from Joshua

This Thanksgiving, what can we learn from Joshua, the crossing of the Jordan River, and the memorial of stones erected on the West Bank by the Israelites?  Well, a whole bunch! 

In this week’s episode, I dig deep into the Book of Joshua and share how to apply the principles of Chapter 4 to our homeschooling and to our Thanksgiving celebrations.  This episode is also full of engaging, fun, and meaningful activities that can be done as a family during the month of November. The biblical lessons and the activities shared will help develop an attitude of gratitude during this season of thanks.  

So pour yourself a big mug of pumpkin spice latte (with some extra whip cream and cinnimon) and join me for a little coffee break.  You don’t want to miss this one!


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