Advent is really one of my favorite times of year.

The sun goes down earlier and comes up later. Here in Minnesota snow comes down and hushes sound, with the cold keeping people huddled together for warmth.

It’s also a time of year when we anticipate the birth of Jesus — paradoxically, in Christian teaching at least, the Lord of all the universe born into the flesh of an infant, that most vulnerable of human beings, and further, born to a dark-skinned teenager living in poverty, soon to be a refugee. None of these labels speak of power, and yet Advent is a time of anticipation of a power so great, so overwhelming, that it transforms all. The power of love incarnate.

Here are some resources we use as a family: