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 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 1 2015

‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.’

Isaiah 7:14

A song to enjoy

Something to make  – mince pies!

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To make the pastry – (if doing this with young children warn them that the pastry needs to go in the fridge for a bit. My children found it easier to cope with the wait if they knew it was going to happen)

  • 8oz plain flour (add a pinch of salt)
  • 2oz lard
  • 2oz marg/butter
  • cold water
  • extra flour for rolling out
  • shallow bun tin
  • round cookie cutters

Measure out the flour and add the salt. Add the lard and marg and rub in to the flour with fingertips till it looks like breadcrumbs. Children can do this  –  just try to make sure their hands don’t get too warm – pastry loves cold hands!

Then add just enough cold water to make a dough. Add a little at a time. I mix this in with a knife (like the one you use with a fork  – no sharp edges!) . Then chill the dough for about half an hour wrapped in cling film.

Roll out  12 larger circles to fit in the bun tin and 12 tops. These need to be smaller and can be different shapes.

Grease the bun tin. Put in the bottoms and add a spoon of good quality mincemeat. Add the tops. Brush with a little milk. Put a small cut in each lid.

Bake in a hot oven (200c) for about 15 minutes. When baked the mincemeat will be very hot so leave to cool a bit before enjoying.

 

 

 

 

 


Make your own advent calendar

 

Chocolate has taken over advent calendars! So this is a set of printables to make your own set of pictures (that children can decorate every day of advent) with a Bible verse to read each day. In our family  we won’t do this instead of chocolate but alongside the chocolate eating advent calendar.

Use this any way that suits you – we have some Christmas twine and paper clips.

There is an extra picture for Christmas day.

Christmas 3-shapes 1 ( verses)

Christmas 3-shapes 2 ( verses)

Christmas 3-shapes 3 ( verses)

 

 



advent idea!

Earlier this week I saw a comment on Facebook that made me get a bit more organised that usual. It may be September but my advent calendar is all planned. I made a material advent calendar that has little pockets a long time ago. I laboriously wrote a Bible verse for each day and then over the years lost track of most of the verses. So when I saw the ad for ‘Advent pocket Cards’ produced by God Venture I made a purchase.

They arrived today and are just right! 25 small cards with part of the Christmas story written on them. Just enough text for children to read before breakfast!  There are ideas about how to use them – I’m not going to tell you what they are – you will have to buy your own set 🙂 They are good ideas that would work well.

We will be using them in our family advent calendar but I think they could come in useful in Sunday School activities too.

Take a look at the website.

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(I bought these cards – God Venture haven’t asked me to review the cards)

 


Advent calendar day 24

Christmas Eve is here!

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Luke 2:29-32 ‘Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.’

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This is the last day of the advent calendar – the wait for Christmas is almost over!

Enjoy this carol and have a very Happy Christmas.