Family Advent Calendar

It isn’t quite time for Christmas – but if you want to get a head start on advent this is a ‘make your own advent calendar’. One symbol for each day with a Bible reference to read as a family.

Print the symbols onto card and cut out. Place each one in an envelope with the number on the outside, add small treats to the envelope too. Put up some string or ribbon and use pegs or paper clips to attach the symbol each day during advent.You can leave the symbols black and white or colour them each day. There are Bible verses to read each day – when our children were small we’d have eaten the chocolate either at breakfast or straight after school and read the Bible verses at bedtime.

Free printable is here  Christmas 3-shapes 3 ( verses)  Christmas 3-shapes 2 ( verses)  Christmas 3-shapes 1 ( verses)

Advent – for you!

Advent isn’t just for children or families with children – the calendars and candles and chocolates are great but it is also a time when we can take some time to prepare ourselves for Christmas. Each year I try to find something that will help me get my head and my heart ready. I love Christmas baking and craft but I still need to focus on the coming of Jesus. Last year I bought, ‘Good News of Great Joy’ by John Piper; 25 devotional readings for advent that help us prepare for Christmas by putting Jesus at the centre of Christmas.

The book is available as a free download – click here to go to the website.

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Let’s make some time for a cuppa, a chocolate biscuit (optional!) and an advent reading a day as we look forward to this Christmas.

advent 14 2015

‘For nothing will be impossible with God’

Luke 2:2

something to listen to

An angel to make  – you need

  • ice cream paper cup
  • pipe cleaner
  • beads
  • heart shaped wings
  • circle face
  • glue
  • pencil/crayon to draw on the face
  • shredded tissue paper or wool for hair

 

 

advent 10 2015

‘and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end’.

Luke 1:33

A song

make a nativity scene and/or a star decoration

advent 7

‘In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee  Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgins name was Mary.’

Luke 1:26,27

A song for you

Something to bake  – traditional Ginger cake

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advent 6

‘The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.’

Matthew 1:1

A song to enjoy

Make some rice crispie mini cakes and add hundreds and thousands.

advent 5 2015

‘Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.’

Isaiah 9:7

A song to enjoy

make a paper plate crown

 

 

advent 4 2015

‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’

Isaiah 9:6

A song to enjoy

Something to make – twinkly Christmas star

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all you need

  • 2 pipe cleaners (large) cut in half and twisted together in the centre to make a star
  • beads to thread on to the pipe cleaners. Once done fold the end of each pipe cleaner
  • fold one  pipe cleaner into a hook at it’s end so you can hang it on the tree.

edited – found a spelling mistake!

 

 

 

advent 3 2015

‘There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.’

Isaiah 11:1

something to listen to

Something to make – a tissue paper wreath using a paper plate.

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advent 2 2015

‘But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.’

Micah 5:2

A song to listen to