Are you looking for ideas to celebrate Advent with your family?
1. Jesse Tree Ornaments has created a calendar of daily ideas for celebrating Advent. These ideas range from making your own gifts to keeping Christ at the center of Christmas, and are intended to help you celebrate Christmas each day of the Advent season. Their calendar also includes the readings for the day as well as a suggested Christmas song and book for each day.
2. Especially nice for homeschoolers – Just4Kids magazine has a 12 day Advent plan with activity pages, crafts and more
3. The Jesse Tree Family Packet for Advent 2010 – suggested scripture and a plan for observing advent at the family’s evening meal. (pdf format)
4. Catholic Mom has a printable advent chain with acts of kindness and devotion for every day (pdf format)
5. Advent Verse Chain Links (days 1-12) Making an Advent Chain is a popular, easy and fun way to count down the days until Christmas! Print off these ready-made strips with the verses from our Advent Calendar right on them to use for your Advent Chain! Cut the strips closely along the edges of the text, read one together each night (add a sticker or two for fun if you like!) staple or tape into a ring, and add it to your growing chain. Advent Verse Chain Links (days 13-23 for a 23-day Advent) – from Teaching Mom
6. from About.com Countdown To Christmas – Here is an Advent Calendar filled with activities for you to countdown to Christmas while you're waiting for the big day. Be sure to check the Advent Calendar every day for recipes, crafts, games and lots more fun things to do. Enjoy!
7. DLTK’s The Christmas Story Advent Coloring Book – Print out these 24 coloring pages with quotations from Luke (first 15 pages) and Matthew (last 9 pages) to reinforce the Christmas story. Color and read one page per day from December 1st thru the 24th. Put them all together to make a booklet you can read as a family on Christmas day!
8. Nice for older children and adults – Medieval Advent Calendar Click each day leading up to December 25th for a link to medieval Christmas stories, legends and images from the Middle Ages
9. Little Blots of Faith has a tutorial for an Advent calendar you can make with minimal sewing skills or some hot glue. Either way you'll have a fun calendar that your children will look forward to bringing out during the holiday season.
10. Christmas Stencils Here is a collection of free stencils suitable for using at Christmas. The stencils are arranged as an online advent calendar. You could either visit this page daily, or save the images you like best right now.
11. Praying Advent – We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas. Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning. This site offers simple ways to enter into this Advent season, week by week, in the midst of our everyday lives.
12. Children’s author/illustrator Jan Brett has a beautiful Advent calendar, free to print and assemble
13. Alternatives for Simple Living has a free Advent Calendar to download with activities and meditations
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