Tonight we began an advent focused family time. On our last date Dan and I came across a book that we thought would be a good fit for our family.
The first lesson was about anticipation for the King to come. The people of Israel waited hundreds of years for the Messiah. There was a great object lesson with a bottle of pop and the kids truly anticipated what would happen...it was fun to watch them get so excited!
After that as we were sitting and talking about how the King would bring hope, joy, peace, light and love to the whole world...Dan asked which of these wouldn't the people be anticipating or what wouldn't they want the King to bring and Seth raised his hand and said peace. We asked him why wouldn't you want peace? His response, "because like cutting people in half, we want them go be together not in pieces". Note to self: preschoolers think piece, not peace...quite a funny family moment! The question was meant to be answered with we would want all of those things just as the people of Israel anticipated...though with Seth's definition, I would agree, I wouldn't want 'piece' either. :-)
If you're interested, here's the book: The Family Book of Advent.
I tried to research the author to have a better understanding of her background, but I didn't find much. After reviewing most of the book though, we felt it would be a great tool to use to spend quality time as a family focusing on Truth, in a way that is fun, as we anticipate Christmas and the celebration of our Lord's birth.