The wreath helps our children slow down and pay attention, but just as importantly it does the same for us parents. In our home, we fit it into our kids' usual nighttime ritual, cuddled on the couch for stories (sometimes from a great family story bible). Nothing fancy, but what a difference it makes.
When I recently gave our Growing Up Catholic presentation, I was surprised how few of the ministry leader attendees had grown up with the tradition of the Advent wreath in their homes. We'd love to see parishes, schools, and families share this wonderful experience with other families, so we've written a guide for leaders to coach parents through Advent and a companion handout for parents. Check them out below.
Sometimes we can forget that the home is the main place where our faith is passed on from one generation to the next. If it doesn't happen there, it likely won't happen at all.