Somehow, amidst the craziness of the last several months, it looks like this is going to be the first Advent that I have a plan together somewhat in advance (it’s a whole 4 days before the first Sunday of Advent, but that’s a big deal for me. Usually the night before, I’m like “Shoot! Advent. We should celebrate that somehow.” This year, I’m pretty excited about how we’re planning to celebrate. And just in case you haven’t stumbled into the same kind of advent preparedness I seem to have stumbled upon this year, I’m going to share with you!
I picked up a stocking advent calendar from Target via Goodwill a few weeks ago, and we’re plotting what we’re going to fill it with. I bought a few things from the dollar spot– stickers and tiny notebooks, chapstick, but we’re going to fill most of them with a piece of chocolate or with little note cards that have activities on them that our family can do together. David and I have planned to sit down
the night before Advent tonight (see, I’m still procrastinating a little) and fill out the cards, but some of our ideas include fixing breakfast for dinner, baking cookies for someone else, writing a letter to someone, singing a song together, going sledding, etc.
We’re also planning to put up our tree on the first Sunday of Advent and to decorate it in the weeks that follow.
I have my supplies to make each of the girls a simple Nativity set. We’ll be giving them the “creche,” which I bought from Target the first week of advent, and they will get to paint/decorate it how they choose. Then the pieces to the Nativity will be in the Advent Calendar. Baby Jesus will be the last gift in the advent calendar.
I also really want to have a boxwood wreath that I decorate for the season of the church year that we’re in, but why are they so dang expensive?
We’ll likely go through the Jesus Storybook Bible readings using this printable each day when we do our Advent calendar.
For our church, David and I wrote an Advent devotional based on the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary for families with elementary aged children. It turned out so much better than I had imagined, and I’m really excited to share it with you!
There are two devotionals per week. One to read in the middle of the week and one to read on Sunday. We originally designed this for families in our church, so I made felt ornaments to go with the Sunday readings, but my guess is that you could whip a set up in an evening if you wanted to. Or, you could go to a craft store and purchase 5 of those $1 wooden ornaments and let your kiddo paint them. We also included a list of our favorite advent music, so I’ll do that below.
Download it here: advent-devotional
The ornaments we included coordinated with the themes for each Sunday of Advent:
First Sunday of Advent- Hope- Star
Second Sunday of Advent- Peace- Dove
Third Sunday of Advent- Love- Heart
Fourth Sunday of Advent- Joy- Angel
Christmas- Baby Jesus
This is one of my favorite things about Advent/Christmas. The wonderful music! Here are just a few of our favorites:
I’ll also be participating in AdventWord via my @redeemingnaptime instagram account, so follow there for a photo a day and join in!
How is your family prepared/preparing to celebrate?