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The beginning of Advent marks the first day of the Christian liturgical calendar and is a time of anticipation and preparation for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We often allow the hectic pace of the Christmas season to overtake us. The days before Christmas seem to fly by as parties, shopping, tree-lighting, family outings, concerts, and church activities fill our calendars and vie for our attention.

While the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming, I propose that we can take back Advent without sacrificing the activities that bring us joy during this busy season. We do this by starting each day with a brief devotional that gives us an opportunity to move away from the mundane and set our focus on the miracle of Christmas:

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21

Since the start of Advent fluctuates each year and traditionally begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, this daily devotional starts as an entry point into the Advent season on December 1st. At the end of each devotional is a section called Today’s Activity, and there you will find suggestions on how to implement what you have been reading about. Nothing complicated, just small ways to help you move from the mundane to the miraculous during the course of your day. I pray this devotional blesses you and enables you to take back Advent as you move through the Christmas season! 

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