For years we have provided Advent Calendars for our families and they have always been a great tool. This year we are trying something new. We have put our advent calendar online.
Beginning December 1, families can click on the day’s date and access an advent devotional with Scripture, suggested discussion and prayer, and activities you can do as a family.
We have tried to make it not specific to our church, so feel free to share it with your families and friends. Our goal is for this to be the year that many of us change Christmas for our families. We don’t want the focus to be on presents and getting, but rather on WHO it should be all about. Our prayer is that this season and this little tool will help our families focus on Christ every day during Advent.
Here is a sample of the content:
Read: Luke 2:6-7Read NIrV online Read ESV online Listen to ESV online
He’s here! He’s here! Jesus is here!
Look at baby pictures of when the kids in your house were born. Talk about how small Jesus must have been. Wonder about the smells and sounds around that manger.
Ask God to help you have excitement for the real story of Christmas like it is brand new. Ask Him to help the wonder be fresh for each member of your family this Christmas.
Sing “Away in a Manger” together.
Make birth announcements for Baby Jesus. You can do this on paper or online at a site like this.
Preschoolers can also practice taking care of their baby dolls like Mary would have taken care of Baby Jesus
What resources do you use for Advent? How are you helping your families focus on the WHO this year?