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)
‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..’
‘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.’
A song for you
Something to bake – traditional Ginger cake
‘The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.’
A song to enjoy
Make some rice crispie mini cakes and add hundreds and thousands.
‘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.’
A song to enjoy
Something to make – twinkly Christmas star
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!
‘There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.’
something to listen to
Something to make – a tissue paper wreath using a paper plate.
‘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.’
A song to listen to
advent calendar to make
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)
Earlier this week I saw a comment on Facebook that made me get a bit more organised than 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. Edit 2019 – They aren’t available year round but should be in the shop near to Advent.
(I bought these cards – God Venture haven’t asked me to review the cards)
Christmas Eve is here!
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.’
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.