Today is the third Sunday of Advent! Advent is the season when many Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas as well as the hope of Christ’s eventual return. Although not all Christians participate in Advent, we at the Little Light House would like to share about this season with you, as it may be a tradition you would like to begin celebrating. Advent is a time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas—it’s a great way for families to spend time together and celebrate Christmas during the busy weeks before December 25!
Last week, Little Light House families and staff were blessed to attend a showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas from Playhouse Theatre. One of the highlights of A Charlie Brown Christmas is when the character Linus recites the part of the Christmas story when the shepherds heard from an angel the good news about the birth of Jesus. That good news of Jesus’ birth is what makes Christmas so important and full of joy. Sometimes as we prepare to celebrate Christmas, the struggles of life can get in the way of the joy of Christmas. This Christmas season, what is bringing joy to your life?
Luke 2:8-12 (NIV)
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Have you ever heard of printables? Some educators have created free printable games and books for families to use at home. Click on the picture below for a free fun Nativity printable!
What better song is there for celebrating joy at Christmas but Joy to the World? Jeremy Camp sings Joy to the World–the lyrics are shown on the video.
by Sarah Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator