■Christmas Is Coming! But Waiting Is Hard!
■Author: Karen Whiting
■Publisher: Abingdon Press; Gld edition (September 20, 2016)
■Reviewed By: Cheryl Malandrinos
My childhood was filled with activities that prepared my heart for the coming of Jesus. In the weeks leading up to Christmas there were Jesse Trees, caroling to local nursing homes and other service projects, the weekly lighting of the Advent wreath, and a focus on the Scriptures leading up to the birth of our Savior.
If you are looking for family activities and devotionals centered around Advent, Christmas Is Coming! But Waiting Is Hard! by Karen Whiting is an excellent resource. The book starts out by stating “God’s Love Is an ADVENTure” and shares the deeper meaning behind the wreath, candles, evergreens, and other symbols of Christmas.
Each day of Advent focuses on these symbols, providing an activity, a short prayer, a suggested hymn or song, a few questions for discussion, a “Did You Know” factoid, and an additional “Try It” activity at the end. These activities are simple and fun, so kids will enjoy participating as they gain knowledge and open their hearts and minds and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
Last year, a friend of mine was seeking a resource such as this for her family. I’m going to share this with her right away. What a great new tradition this could start in your family.
I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.