Advent calendar day 18



Luke 2:8 ‘And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.’

Fun game to play; Christmas half cards– use old Christmas cards or christmas pictures – cut each picture in half – longways, widthways or diagonally. Keep half. Spread the other half out in the room. You need quite a lot of cards for this to be fun! Give a card to each player and they have to find the matching half. Then they get another half card until all the cards are matched. The person who has matched the most is the winner.

If you think you will want to play the game more than once put  a mark on one half of each pair on the reverse so you always know which cards to place around the room.


Advent calendar day 17



Luke 2:6,7 ‘And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.’

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Craft – make your own gift tags. 

All you need – wrapping paper, paper (sugar paper/construction paper), glue, hole punch and thread.

To make – cut out pictures from the wrapping paper. Glue onto sugar paper/construction paper. Use a contrasting colour to make the pictures stand out (but make sure writing will be visible when you use the tag to label a gift). Cut out agian – make sure that there is a section of enough paper to add a hole for the thread. punch a hole and thread through the thread. Write a greeting and attach to gift!

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Advent calendar day 16



Isaiah 60:1-3 ‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.’

A Christmas picture

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A craft to make – a candy cane made from two pipe cleaners. Very easy to make. You need white and red pipe cleaners and that’s all! Simply twist the two pipe cleaners together and make into a cane shape.



Add the rhyme as a label if you wish.


Advent calendar day 15






Luke 2:8,9 ‘And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the lord appeared to them, and the glory of the lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear’


A craft to make – three lollipop sticks glued together to make a star. Add sequins and glitter and a button so you can thread through cotton to hang from the tree. Add a Bible verse of ‘Joy to the World’.



Something to listen to –  Joy to the World carol. Enjoy!

Advent calendar day 14

third week of advent…




Matthew 1:21 ‘ She wil bear a son,and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’

A simple decoration to make – multi coloured card bauble. All you need to do is cut circles (you could make bell or tree shapes too) and stick coloured shiney paper all over. Punch a hole and add thread so you can hang from the Christmas tree.








Advent calendar day 13




Luke 2: 3,4 ‘And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.’

A Christmas song Little Donkey

Some Christmas treats to make – Rice Crispie cakes with sprinkles!

All you need is chocolate, rice crispies and sprinkles. Melt chocolate in the microwave and stir in rice crispies. add gradually until all the rice crispies are coated in chocolate and the chocolate is used up. Spoon into petit fours cases. before the chocolate sets add sprinkles.



Here’s a link to Joseph’s story .


Advent calendar day 12



Luke 2:1 ‘In those days a decree went out from Casear Augustus that all the world should be registered’

Craft Idea – make some Christmas Tree decorations with Hama beads

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There are lots of ideas for hama bead creations at this Pinterest page. You can follow patterns or just make up colour combinations. We made stars and hearts and then threaded some cotton through the top bead and hung on the Christmas tree. This is a good activity for children who are 7 years plus – adults need to be in charge of ironing the beads. To do that you need to place greeseproof paper over the beads and then iron till the beads are fused together. If you buy a hama bead kit the waxed/greeseproof paper will come with it and can be reused.