The Christmas season can become such a whirlwind of school programs, holiday parties, shopping and planning, that often we forget to take time to SLOW DOWN and remember WHY we are celebrating in the first place!  This year our Morning Star church family will be celebrating the traditional season of Advent. Advent is a Latin word that means “coming” or “arrival,” and for centuries, many Christians have taken the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare their hearts and minds for Christmas.   Below are many optional resources for you and your family if you would like to participate in Advent in any way. Together we will remember to pause and focus on Jesus during this holiday season. 


Watch these 4 short and informative videos to learn the rich history and context on the meaning of the Advent season.


Seven Reasons to Celebrate Advent
Why is this ancient tradition relative to our lives in 2019?

Finding Rest in the Christmas Rush
The reason for the season is Jesus, yet through the holidays, actually setting time aside with Him can feel impossible.  This short article helps us make it possible. 

What is Advent?
A brief but helpful explanation of history and meaning of the tradition of Advent.

Why is Advent so important?
Helpful tips on celebrating Advent and the WHY behind the traditions.


Why Christmas?
A “wikipedia” of sorts for all things Advent-related.

Risen Motherhood
This popular faith-based website for moms has a collection of recommended resources for celebrating Advent with little ones.

He Reads Truth
An online Bible-reading plan and devotional specifically geared toward men in the season of Advent.  Follow along with thousands of men around the world studying God’s Word as you prepare your heart for Christmas. Also available through the APP: He Reads Truth.

She Reads Truth
Very similar to the reading plan for men, women can participate in this online Bible reading plan and Advent devotional, finding truth and hope with a community of women around the world. Also available through the app:  She Reads Truth.

Podcasts Episodes:

That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs
Hilarious and lively author Annie F. Downs interviews the founders of She Reads Truth, a popular Bible reading app.   They tell THE TRUTH about what’s going on in their own lives and why the Advent season leading up to Christmas means so much to them this year particularly.

Willow Creek Sermon
Well-known speaker and author Steve Carter brings an Advent message.  It’s a couple years old, but the message and meaning are absolutely relevant today.

Advent with Jill Briscoe
Jill, a phenomenal Christian woman with a delightful British accent, wants to help you prepare your heart for Christmas with this daily Advent podcast.

Risen Motherhood
In this episode of the popular podcast for moms, you’ll hear suggestions on how to celebrate Advent with little ones.


Advent: The Story of Christmas by Sharri Cragg
Unwrap God’s love this Christmas as you experience the everlasting story of Jesus Christ written through the powerful simplicity of story.

Come Let us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul David Tripp
This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.

In the Manger: 25 Inspirational Selections for Advent by Max Lucado
Best-selling author Max Lucado, invites readers to witness the birth of Christ as they’ve never seen it before.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional
Most Christians agree that Christmas is all about Jesus, yet most of us spend little time preparing our hearts to celebrate Him.  Partly because we don’t know how. This interactive family devotional equips reader to do just that.

Devotionals for Families:

Christmas is Coming!  An Advent Activity Book
Every day of December brings a delightful new Christmas tradition in this keepsake advent book.

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional
This four-week devotional guides your Christian family on an unforgettable advent journey, exploring some of the most wonderful prophecies in the Bible and how God fulfills them in Jesus Christ.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas
This is a STUNNINGLY beautiful family devotional with vivid, full-color illustrations, downloadable ornaments, and moving scenes from the Bible.  It is a gift your whole family can experience each day leading up to Christmas.