Once again I am updating my Advent resource list. I love the opportunity to check out some of my old favourites and add new ones. This year I am posting three lists – this one which is general resources, Advent with kids and then resources for a Blue Christmas. Enjoy – and if there are must adds to this list please let me know.
I have already posted this introduction to Advent
The Text This Week always has an awesome array of resources.
And the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese has some interesting icons and explanation of Christmas from an Orthodox perspective.
For those that want to make a traditional Advent wreath.
I love some of this ideas on this Ultimate Christmas list from the U.K.
Consider cutting back on Consumerism
And here is something to consider – A buy Nothing Christmas
And From Simple Living Works: Whose Birthday Is It Anyway? This is the index for all the past issues of this magazine – great to browse through before the season begins.
A couple of old favourites from last year
Bosco Peters in New Zealand has wonderful Advent and Christmas resources.
The Billabong is a great Australian site with resources for both kids and adults
John Birch has the most wonderful Celtic Advent liturgies available. I posted these last year but think it is best for you to go to the source.
And from John Van de Laar in South Africa this wonderful Advent/Christmas liturgy
Think About Going Green This Christmas
Also consider a living Christmas tree this year. We have had the same tree for a number of years. Unfortunately we need to replace it this year.
Also some ideas for thinking about sustainability at Christmas time How To Have A Green Christmas
And Some Thoughts on Christmas Music
I will post hymns and songs throughout Advent but here are some great ones to start with.
Some beautiful songs for peace from Latin America
My favourite Gregorian Advent chants
And if you are not familiar with Gregorian chants this is a beautiful introduction from a group of Benedictine nuns in the U.S.
Last but not least you might like to check out the Mustard Seed Associates resources including last year’s Advent video (this year’s coming shortly)
You can purchase and download a high resolution copy here: Alleluia – The Christ Child Comes
Or you may like to download the entire series of Advent videos from previous years.
And our very popular Advent/Christmas Devotional Waiting for the Light.