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Starting December 1st, it contains a new “Daily Reading” for each of the twenty-five days of December.

Each “Daily Reading” includes a quote, a short inspirational message of Hope, Peace, Love or Joy, and a question for refelction or discussion.

During December use the link below to print the “Daily Reading” for use in your home and with your family members.

Click here to print this reading

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The Tradition Explained

Candle Order for 2016

December 1 - 3 HOPE
December 4 - 10 PEACE
December 11 - 17 LOVE
December 18 - 24 JOY
December 25 LIGHT


What is the Advent Bag and Box Tradition?

It’s Magic. It’s simply magic. By taking a few minutes each day to stop, turn off all screens, and come together for a few quiet moments of connection and reflection the whole focus of the Christmas Holidays shifts. 

The Tradition provides a gentle structure that provides a moment of refuge from the rest of the world and puts us back in touch with what nourishes our hearts and souls. 

Yet it only takes a few minutes. 


We begin by lighting a candle for Hope.
Adding a new one each Sunday for Peace, Love, Joy and Light. See Candle Order above. 

Followed by an inspirational reading.
Our Daily Readings are non-religious and simply focus on the qualities of Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy. You can use whatever readings fits your belief system.

Each person reflects briefly on what was read.
This is actually most people’s favorite part as this is where we connect on levels our daily lives don’t have room for. Our Daily Readings end with a question which helps everyone, especially little kids, focus their thoughts.

Pull an Activity Card from the Advent Bag or Box.
The Advent Bag and Box Tradition Book has good tips to help you keep the activities simple and realistic. This isn’t about adding stress, it’s about shifting our focus.

Close the moment.
This is done in many different ways. Favorites are: sharing a gratitude, singing a song, or saying a prayer if that is comfortable. Then we use a candle snuffer to put out the candles (it keeps wax from flying) as we say variations of, “Although I put out this candle for hope, we know the hope never goes out because we are the Hope,” for each candle that was lit.

As the month progresses, the five or ten minutes a day we spend coming together and focusing our awareness on kindness, secret giving, sharing, family fun and family connection, creates an oasis in the season that becomes everyone’s favorite part of Christmas. In fact for my children, Christmas is more about the Advent Tradition than the gifts under the tree. 

The Tradition adapts easily to all ages and stages of family whether you live alone, with a partner, with a houseful of kids, with several roommates, or are empty nesters. 

And best of all, it accommodates each person’s own spiritual or philosophical beliefs.

May your Holiday Season be filled with Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. 

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