With that explanation, any doubts my husband had were gone. We looked forward to gifting our friends, both with the little wrapped packages and with an opportunity to read this book we hold so dearly. Packages wrapped, a party held, our friends grateful for their gifts, and two days later talking to my mother on the phone:
Me: Mom, thanks again for this wonderful tradition. I hope that our friends will enjoy opening the presents and that the Scriptures will encourage them. Most of them don't read the Bible or go to church usually.
Mom: What? We never gave Advent packages to people outside the church. We made them to encourage our church friends during the Advent season so that they would feel equipped to share with others.
Me: Funny, I don't remember it that way at all.
True purpose aside, obviously my family's tradition encouraged me to share this Book and this season with those who might not otherwise not meet with them. May you, too, be encouraged in this season of coming to gather together around the Word as we prepare for His adventus, His coming.