|LL Bean Advent Calendar - Cape Elizabeth, ME Lighthouse|
That is, some of our kids are spiritual but not necessarily religious; one is Quaker, not Christian.
However, everyone in our family observes Christmas. Several times, in fact, with their family unit and their larger family and with us at "Little Christmas". Not just the Christ child, necessarily.
I suspect there are lots of families like us out there.
So, with a little help from my friends on FaceBook, I've come up with 25 Virtues - I'm calling them "Advent Virtues" - that can be considered each of the 25 Days of Advent. They are not necessarily "Christian" but I think Baby Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph, would heartily approve.
They can also be printed on colored paper or ribbon to decorate an Advent Wreath.
Or, they might be printed on a strip of colored paper and hooked together to make garland for the tree or mantle.
Or, perhaps written on a slip of colored paper and put into a decorated jar and taken out one at a time on each of the days of Christmas.
These were written in no particular order. You may want to make them all in the same form of a "wish" or "bidding prayer". You may want to define a particular virtue in your own way. Or, you may want to compile your own list of virtues.
Please feel free to use them in whatever way suits you for your own family or intergenerational Advent church activity.