Advent and New Beginnings

It’s a funny thing about growing up Catholic– I always think of Advent of the beginning of a new year. I actually feel pretty lucky that I get multiple beginnings this way–Advent, the actual new year, the beginning of the school year, each new season, new month, new week. To quote St. Benedict, always we begin again.

Part of being willing to begin again is realizing that beginning are not always perfect. And yet, to quote again, “from small beginnings great things come.”

This year, I am going to attempt to follow my Seasons of Joy Advent Guide, If you don’t have one, you can purchase one here. I’m even going to knock $5 off the regular price, making it only $10. This special is good at least through Monday, but possibly Tuesday and Wednesday as well if I get busy and forget to take it down.

I’m not the same person I was when I first wrote that book and I expect our Advent will look quite differently. I hope that everyone’s Advent activities were adjusted and tailor-made just for your own particular family. I’m very interested to see what in my own book is still usable, what needs to be adjusted, and what needs to be discarded altogether.

I’m already going to be off to a bit of a stumbly start because I am out of town until Tuesday. So… here is my plan:

~ Today (Sunday), write this post and state my intentions.
Tomorrow (Monday), write a post that shares a variety of ideas for Advent wreaths, calendars, and spirals, and make my own choices for how I’ll set ours up at home.
Wednesday, jump headfirst into Week One, The first light of Advent is the light of stones. Ideally, I’ll be starting a Seasons of Joy Advent Pinterest Board with a section for each week, but meanwhile, feel free to check out my personal Advent board here. And I’ll also hopefully be sharing what activities we do in my family. I invite you to do the same.

May your Advent be off to a peaceful start, lighting the way to Christmas!

Advent Collage
Some pictures from Advents past


  1. It’s such great timing as I literally just a few days ago came across your Advent curriculum on a bookshelf and was wondering what that would look like for our family in 2019. So many changes for us, as well. I’m was already on the edge. but now I think I’m fully inspired by your post to dive in and see what Advent can look like for us this year. Thanks!

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      Thanks, my friend! I’m kind of excited to see what we both figure out! I suspect I have some rewriting/additions to do. Happy Advent!

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