Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family by Kathleen M. Basi
(Yes, it’s late for this year, but I’m still going to share about this advent book, because I know I’ve been adding books to my library list / Amazon wishlist for next year, and doubt I’m the only one doing that.)
If you’ve been doing Advent activities for a long time, none of the information in Joy to the World may be eye-opening for you, but I am very new to Advent, and I got a lot out of reading this. I loved her idea of a personalized Advent calender – it’s so obvious, and yet I never thought of it.
Basi is Catholic, and there is definitely a Catholic slant to some of the material, but there was very little that I felt wouldn’t work for my Protestant family. I especially liked her simplified Jesse Tree readings – we’re halfheartedly reading a book about The Jesse Tree right now, and while in later years I’ll likely prefer that one, for a 4 and 2 year old? Her entries are a lot shorter and keep their attention better.
The book is very short – that’s not a complaint, just a heads-up. It’s actually nice, because it makes it very easy to get through quickly, and not feel like you’re bogged down in millions of details. I really appreciated her way of explaining Advent, and her emphasis on explanations and activities for younger children. If you’ve got older children in your family, the book might not do as much for you. For me though, it was just about perfect for this stage.
Here’s a treasure trove of exciting ideas that will enable your family to focus anew on preparing for the holy time of Advent and Christmas! With a fresh, lively set of suggestions that will attract young and old alike, Joy to the World will help lay the foundation for long-lasting family memories.
“Joy to the World” takes a three-pronged approach to the season:
The Advent calendar, where daily activities are organized into four categories of Service, Spiritual Growth, “Homebody,” and Pure Fun
The Evening Ritual, incorporating the Advent wreath and the Jesse tree, and featuring simplified Scriptures that young children can readily understand
The “Good Deeds Manger,” which puts the family’s focus on preparing their hearts for the coming of Christ
Title: Joy to the World: Advent Activities for Your Family
Author: Kathleen M. Basi
My Rating: 3.5
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