Advent is well underway and it's already been such a sweet time at our school. Lighting our advent wreath, singing hymns and carols, and reading stories that lead us on the road to Bethlehem have been a highlight of our day together!
(some of our 4K and K students showing off the garland they've been working on!)
I started reading and learning about the church calendar many years ago, and each year at our school, I think it is so important to share these seasons and rhythms with the children. There is so much meaning and beauty to be found in each season of waiting, celebration, and even in the ordinary days.
Martha Zimmerman (from Celebrating the Christian Year) says it nicely in her book: "Christian holidays provide a wonderful way to weave our faith into our daily life as we learn to love and appreciate the One whom we are celebrating. God, having made us, knows that we will remember what we learn in celebration!"
If you'd like to learn more about the Christian year, I highly recommend Martha Zimmerman's book. It has the history of each holiday and season, along with ideas for your family to use as you celebrate together. Other books I'd recommend: Living the Christian Year, The Circle of Seasons, and Eternal Seasons.
(Sidenote: I am loving this Advent book this year - it's new to me and it absolutely beautiful!)
Tomorrow we are celebrating St. Nicholas Day at the school - check back soon for pictures and be sure to ask your children what they found in their shoes after chapel!