I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
— Philippians 1:6
It is difficult to keep my children focused on the giving aspect of Christmas rather than the receiving part. It is hard to get them to focus on the needs of others when they are inundated with commercials and ads for the latest, greatest toys. During Advent, my husband, Mark, and I work hard to remind them that their truest blessings come not from receiving, but through giving and doing for others.
What are some good works your family could do during Advent to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth?
Lord, help us to be good stewards of the gifts which you have bestowed upon us. Lead us to those who may need our assistance.
Who doesn’t love a surprise? Place each family member’s name in a bowl at dinnertime. Have each person choose one name—making sure it is not their own. That person is their secret buddy for Advent. During the next weeks, everyone should try to perform small, thoughtful tasks for their secret buddy. They might do one of his or her chores. Or, leave a note saying what they like most about their buddy—just remind them to disguise their handwriting. They might even make a small treat or gift. Encourage them to use their imaginations and not get caught!