After we light candles we sing a song. And by "we" I mean Silas and I sing a song and take turns telling the kids to hush and listen. This week we're singing "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus" every night. We're also practicing the songs the kids are going to sing during the lessons and carols service, which are "Go Tell It On the Mountain" and "Angels We Have Heard On High".
Then we talk a little about waiting, we move the advent marker on the advent calendar, annnnnd that's it! Simple, straight forward, and requires very little prep. Yet, I find these 5 minutes of focus with my kids to be so precious and meaningful. The key to this season has definitely been to SIMPLIFY.