Advent

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Advent starts this Sunday!

Christmas is quickly approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I always find it hard to slow down and enjoy each moment of the holidays. One way I have found to make sure we get a little Jesus into our holiday season is to pick out an advent calendar and do it throughout the month. I have long ago given up on the idea that we will do every single day and every single activity it suggests, but even with a missed day here and there it is one of my favorite things to do this time of year.

You may already have your own family traditions and if so, continue to do those.  But if you don’t have any or are wanting to switch it up a bit here are our Advent printables for you to use with your family:

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Here are some other neat options that I have come across. (The explanation paragraph is taken from each website since they can do a better job of explaining their stuff than me.)

Focus on the Family

“25 Inspiring True Stories of the Season: Keep your whole family focused on Christ this Christmas with this interactive Advent calendar. Assemble the poster-size calendar, and then print out the Story Guide, which contains a heartwarming tale for each day. As you read these narratives, encourage your kids to search for the calendar pictures that relate to the stories. Don’t stop there! You can make it even more fun for your kids by creating easy-to-fold booklets for each story.”

We did their 2014 Advent and it was by far the most amazing one we have done so far! The kids got super excited when I pulled it out a week ago. Unfortunately I can no longer find it on their web page.

Lifeway Advent Guide

“As the holidays approach, we are excited to help families grow in their love for one another and for Jesus Christ. As a gift to kids, ministry leaders and parents, we’re offering this free Family Advent Guide.”

Truth in the Tinsel

“Spend December impressing God’s Word on your kids’ heart! You’ll get 24 days of Scripture reading, ornament crafts, talking points and extension activities. Plus fun printables and templates!”

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp  (Book to purchase)

“Gratitude is more than a good idea it’s a sign of a life marked by the gospel of Christ. In Ann’s latest offering she has produced an Advent devotional that is as beautifully illustrated as it is written.”

Good Morning Girls (Blog)

The Advent Study for Kids includes a memory verse for the week (and some great ideas on how to help your children memorize the Bible), the verse of the day, a lesson, activity and prayer of the day too!”

Christmas can be the most special season of the year, with plenty of chances to bring Christ into our daily lives.  What do you do to keep Jesus on the forefront of your mind this holiday season??  We are always looking for good ideas.

 

Other Advent Posts

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OPL:  Advent – Valuing the Valuable

OPL: Thankful For Advent

OPL: Advent – Week 1

OPL: Advent – Week 2 

OPL: Advent – Week 3

Advent – Week 4 

 

 

 

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