It’s that time of year where we begin to gather and get ready for advent. I created a Free Christmas Advent Guide for you to enjoy with your family this Christmas season!
Preparing for Advent
I think preparing for advent can be intimidating because there is so many options, activities, guides.. almost too many options. I have really had to slow down and see the rhythm of the season for my family, and that is how this guide was created. We have used this same rhythm for our family over the past four years. The daily activities this guide includes allows for connection, rest, but also prompts the family unit to prepare for the holiday season (buying presents fore each other, making Christmas cookies), and to serve together (delivering cookies to friends, making card for nursing home residents).
I hope this guide provides you with a clear path that is simple enough to be consistent this advent season, but also structured enough that you are able to easily complete it.
Items to Gather
- Print out guide.
- Gather Jesus Storybook Bible and your favorite Bible.
- Put four candles out where you gather for readings. These are the candles we are using this year.
- Your or your children can cut out the included ornaments, and either color each day as you read, or prepare them all and have them nearby to hang on your Christmas tree each day.
- Optional Idea: Grab a Christmas coloring book or printouts and some crayons & have those handy for little hands during the readings.
The guide is 25 days long, so you can either start it on the 27th with a few extra days for margin in the schedule, or begin on December 1st to end on Christmas day. We have been going through Advent this way for the past 4 years, and it’s been easy to keep up with but also meaningful as a family as we focus on Christ.
You can either choose to cut out and prepare the paper ornaments ahead of time or cut them out daily. I am planning on having them all cut out and ready to hang, but have my kids taking turns daily to color them before we hang it after the reading.
I would love to hear if you use this guide this Christmas season!