But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13

I had the opportunity to visit with our 4th and 5th grade students recently, to gather information for their Advent Devotion. I asked them this question: What do you do each year during Advent that reminds you that Christ came into the world? Their responses fit very nicely into two categories.

First, family events are cornerstones to their preparation. Decorating homes to celebrate Jesus’ birthday is fun. Whether it is decorating the Christmas tree, hanging the wreath on the door or doing special Christmas artwork, it is important to make things look beautiful during this time of the year. Displaying and playing with the pieces of family Nativity scenes is another part of the celebration. Advent Calendar countdowns make the excitement grow even more.

In the second category fall First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg family events, which are equally important. “Joy to the World” is a favorite hymn that rings in the good news each year. Lighting the Advent Wreath each Sunday with the themes of hope, love, joy and peace is anticipated each year. Dressing up on Christmas Eve for the family service is a highlight for many.

Clearly, family is at the heart of their Advent experience. Both their biological families and their First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg family offer many simple, yet meaningful traditions to help them prepare for the coming of Jesus.

Donna Thornton