Gratitude To Our
I am continuously aware of ways I want to live more intentionally, both as an individual and with my family. And in the same ways I sometimes feel overwhelmed trying to empathize with my daughter in intentional ways, I sometimes find myself feeling overwhelmed trying to create intentional holiday traditions that support our family’s sense of connection and fun.
I recently spoke with the creators of Sparkle Stories about their latest venture: the Martin & Sylvia Audio Advent Calendar. Here’s their description:
“In the Martin & Sylvia Audio Advent Calendar you are invited to follow the magical days of Advent with Martin & Sylvia. Each day in December you’ll listen to a new story of adventure and discovery with Martin and Sylvia. This audiobook includes one long introductory story and 24 daily audio stories, from December 1st to the 25th.”
You can listen to a sample of the Martin and Sylvia audio stories by clicking here.
I also asked them about the religious nature of Advent, and how that might look in the Martin & Sylvia Audio Advent Calendar. I was not surprised by their answer, as this has been our experience with the Martin & Sylvia series over the past year (I feel like our families are kindred spirits).
“Martin and Sylvia’s family is reverent but not religious. They have a deep sense of holiness and grace that manifests in a rich festival life. They follow the basic precepts of advent – which are being patient and watchful. They honor the natural world and the goodness in others. Christmas in Martin and Sylvia’s home is thoughtful, heartfelt and magical. That being said, “Advent” is a Christian holiday. The family gets a Christmas tree, they have an Advent nature table, they sing carols, they attend a Christmas play, and there is a reference to Momma singing in Handel’s Messiah. We want this calendar to be inclusive to anyone who celebrates Advent, as well as those are open to the festival as a way of honoring a very magical time of year.”
I’ve already experienced changes in our intentional living choices from listening to these gentle stories, and I look forward to gleaning some more ideas from the advent calendar as well. My daughter and I listened to the first 24-minute story already and we’re looking forward to listening to the series as we head into the holiday season and toward the end of the year. If you’d like a chance to enter to win this series for your family you can enter below. Or you can purchase it now by clicking here.
Thank you everyone who entered to win.
The winner was chosen and notified 11/27/13
You can purchase the advent calendar now by clicking here.
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