I’ve had a desire for a few years now to put together something that allows me to incorporate art into our yearly Advent traditions. Our co-op has had the practice of picking an extra print from one of our artists with the theme of the nativity or some other holiday-related subject, and I’ve enjoyed having these pieces to display in our home over the holidays. There is so much beautiful Christmas-related art available from well-known artists as well as the more obscure, that I thought it would be nice to curate a few pieces along with Bible verses, hymns, and poetry that we could use to pause during the time of waiting and contemplate what this season is truly about.
With some encouragement from a friend, I finally sat down this year and did just that. God With Us: Advent Art Devotions along with the four accompanying carefully-curated, high-quality prints are now available in the shop! The PDF download includes the art selection for each week (and printable versions at the end if you’d rather print yours at home) as well as Bible readings, a hymn, and poem to go along with each painting. The prints are offered on durable, 120 lb. cardstock with a silk cover that is beautiful framed or simply propped up on a table.
These do differ from the picture study aids in that I have not also included information about the paintings themselves. My vision for adding art into our Advent traditions was not to include more academic opportunities, but rather more possibilities for contemplation and meditation during a season that tends to be overwhelming with busy-ness and distractions. I hope you will find them helpful in adding opportunities for contemplation during your holiday season!