It was 5:00 pm this past Sunday evening, and our home was filled with the delicious aroma of chicken taco soup, simmering away in both crockpots on my kitchen counter.
We had apple cider ready to heat up and a jug of eggnog in the fridge. Our Advent wreath graced the center of our large circular dining table, complete with four candles yet to be lit.
It was our first Advent Gathering of the year, and the anticipation was thick in the air. We had no idea whether to expect five people or 25.
We love Advent, but it can be such a busy, fleeting time of year, ripe with all the craziness that the holiday season brings. And so, a few years ago, we started looking for ways that our family could observe the Advent season in a more intentional manner.
We also love offering hospitality and opening our home to both friends and strangers – and so an annual tradition was born.
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