The Weightless Grace of Christ

Ann Voskamp on pausing to remember the Greatest Gift we've received

Ann Voskamp is the author of the New York Times Bestseller One Thousand Gifts and her most recent release, The Greatest Gift, a book outlining simple steps we can take to more fully appreciate the reason for Advent season. Ann lives in Ontario with her husband, Darryl, and six children, and seeks to rest in grace and gratitude amid the busyness of harvesting corn (they farm for a living), and celebrating Canada's Thanksgiving. Here's what Ann had to say to Today's Christian Woman about being captivated by Christ at Christmas.

How have you impressed on your children the importance of Advent?

My book, The Greatest Gift, has been born in our hearts over ten years now. We've been doing the "Jesse Tree" with Caleb, our oldest, since he was eight years old. You trace the line of Jesus from Genesis all the way to the New Testament.

For the kids, we had 25 readings from the Old Testament and 25 ornaments to hang on the tree—each of them symbolizing one of the stories that foreshadows Jesus' coming. So by the time you got your tree all up, you have all of these ornaments that tell the whole story of the Old Testament. People would come into our home and say, "Huh. Why do you have a Noah's ark on your tree?" So the kids would get to say, "Let me tell you the story!" They could start in Genesis, and it was a wonderful way of marking all the high points of the Old Testament. It was a tool to share the gospel.

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Natalie Lederhouse

Natalie Lederhouse is the administrative editor for Today's Christian Woman. You can follow her on Twitter at @nataliejean.

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Advent; Christmas; Grace; Gratitude; Holidays; Thanksgiving
Today's Christian Woman, November Week 4, 2013
Posted November 13, 2013

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