My small group is reading Heidi Haverkamp’s Advent in Narnia this holiday season (along with a few chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe* and maybe even watching a few scenes from one of the movies … I haven’t seen any of them so that part really intrigues me). Advent is short this year so we started the book this week in order to mostly finish it by our last meeting on December 21.
All of which is to explain how I’m into Week One of an Advent devotion and looking at Chapter 4 of Lewis’ book. This is the chapter where Edmund finds his way into Narnia, meets the White Witch and makes himself sick eating Turkish Delight.
Yesterday’s devotion suggested we make a list of activities or traditions that increase a sense of God’s grace in your life, rather than a sense of obligation, guilt, or “being a perfect family.” I’ve sensed a real shift in our on-line community this past year to simplify and focus (and I am all over all of that!), but this was the first time I’d seen it framed as “increasing God’s grace in my life”. I love that!
Here are three things from my list:
- Daily alone time. hopefully with twinkle lights. (see the photo above.) Kym shared her holiday mantra – I think mine would be “all is calm. all is bright.”
- Small makes. I am a knitter and sharing the craft – or the fruits of my craft – is a blessing. Making myself crazy knitting big projects on a tight deadline is none of that. This year, I have a few small makes planned and … nothing else.
- Celebrating Hanukkah with Marc. He didn’t light a single candle last year, but he’s all in for this year. The first night of Hanukkah is Sunday. He has big plans for latkes and felafel. and maybe we watched a little bit too much Great British Baking Show, but last night was his trial run for homemade pita. I made a cucumber and yogurt dressing and enjoyed all of. I’m probably better at latkes and lighting candles. (hah! as I typed this I recall how important moral support is – thank you Bonny!)
Are there things you plan to change up this season?
Head on over to Carole’s for more ToT lists!
*I’m listening to the whole book. Michael York’s narration, which I first heard in 2014 🙂 thank you Book Bingo! It’s simply delightful and a holiday treat all on its own.