Celebrating Advent season is a relatively new thing for me. I didn’t grow up celebrating Advent and when I first heard about it, I did quite a bit of research to find out what it was and why we celebrate it as Christians. I now find the quiet simplicity of celebrating the Advent season so refreshing in the midst of the holiday madness that seems to overtake this time of year!
Below I’ve gathered some of my favorite Family Advent Ideas….
Now a little hint, you can’t use ALL of these! If you try to do too much the idea of the Advent season and the quiet reflection & beauty of the season will be LOST! I suggest picking one or two resources below to try this year based on the ages of your children. If you find a favorite, begin a new tradition around it! As your kids grow, you will see that traditions have to adapt and shift as the years go by. What works when your kids are preschoolers, might not work as they move into elementary school. What works in elementary school, won’t work in middle and high school. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things for different seasons of their lives.
My biggest encouragement is to lead your family through SOMETHING during this season as it will shape the focus of these next few weeks toward Jesus!
To prepare our hearts for the Advent season, we love to listen to the “Behold the Lamb of God” CD by Andrew Peterson. It retells the entire Bible in song form as it points toward Jesus and it’s done in such a beautiful way!
For Families with Preschoolers & Younger Elementary:
The first few years that we celebrated Advent as a family we used this sweet guide called Truth in the Tinsel. It is geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary aged kids. Each day has a short fun activity that goes along with the scripture & story. You can even get printable ornaments for the kids to decorate if you don’t have time to do each activity!
The last few years, we used the Jesus Storybook Bible to walk through Advent as a family. Click HERE to get the Advent Reading Plan with a printable cards to use. We printed them, punch holes in the top and strung them to hang in our home!
If you don’t already own this Bible, you should! It is so beautifully written and every story points to Jesus. It has grown my children’s faith so much by helping them understand how the Bible fits together to tell one big beautiful story!
For All Ages:
Ann Voskamp has some beautiful Advent books. “Unwrapping the Greatest Gift – A Family Celebration of Christmas” is geared toward the family with daily readings. I LOVE Ann Voskamp’s writing, but we did this one a couple of years ago as a family, and to be honest my kids’ got lost in her beautiful flowery language. I would suggest you save this one for older kids.
This year she came out with a more simplified version that is appropriate for all ages and it’s stunning! It includes a popup tree and colorful ornaments. it’s called The Wonder of the Greatest Gift: An Interactive Family Celebration of Advent
She also has a book called “The Greatest Gift – Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas” that is a lovely telling of the story from Adam to Jesus.
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