Advent Roundup

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of Christmas once December rolls around. Advent helps us to slow down, to practice waiting, and to prepare our hearts for the coming Savior.

The color of Advent is sometimes blue and sometimes purple. The church picked these colors because they are royal, deep colors that remind us that a King is coming. As a family, spend some time thinking, praying, and talking together about how God is inviting you to make room for Jesus.

Here are some ideas and resources, both from our site and suggested by our readers:

Resources on Our Site:

Resources We Love and Suggestions from Readers:

Britta: I’ve done a standard Jesse tree before, but the ornament-a-day devotional we’ve really liked the last couple years is ‘Jesus Unexpected Family Tree’. I have the ornament printable if anyone wants it!…/dp/1732953201

For those familiar with the Rabbit Room, this devotional was written and illustrated by two women who are part of the Rabbit Room Chinwag (a great group for people who love stories, art, and music!)

Jesus' Unexpected Family Tree: Anticipating Jesus' Birthday

Trevor: Here are all of my favorites:

Advent | City of Light Anglican Church

Trevor: A podcast with a friend introducing Advent and talking about practical ways to celebrate:…/intro-to-advent-with-father…

REPLAY: Intro to Advent with Father Trevor & Rachel Wassink

Ester: Our family has enjoyed the series by Arnold Yytreeide. There are 4 books in the series. We started them around age 7 & 6, reading 1 book a year. We are on our second time through.

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Britta: We also love this book. It has four short “chapters”, so we read one each week of Advent:…/dp/0310222168

Mary's First Christmas

Melinda: We also love One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham. When our daughter was little we bought one new Christmas book a year, so have a small collection.…/dp/1400321166/ref=sr_1_1…

One Wintry Night: A Classic Retelling of the Christmas Story, from Creation to the Resurrection

David: We like to follow this Advent reading plan for the Jesus Storybook Bible…

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Melissa: We open up a wrapped Christmas book each day. Some are old some are new, buts it’s always fun to be surprised what we will read that night. Many books are about the Christmas story, and some are just fiction, but they all help us prepare and countdown to His arrival.

Ester: The past few years we used to light the way to Jesus’ birth. This year I’m excited to use the Advent book created by Caleb and Melba Voskamp.

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Kathlin: We do the 4 advent candles leading up to Christmas and reflect on what God has been teaching us or having us think about as we reflect again on this amazing gift of Emmanuel, God with us.

We also have an advent calendar that is made up of empty drawers, so we can write things we’d like to do together as a family, or plan for certain things (set up the nativity, deliver cookies to the neighbors, etc.).

We have a German Advent rhyme that we recite each Sunday that we light another Advent candle:

Advent, advent, ein Lichtlein brennt.

Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier,

Dann steht das Christkind an der Tür

(Advent, Advent, a little light burns

First one, then two, then three, then four

Then the Christ-child is at the door)

Britta: Here’s another great book (part of a series that takes you through the entire year) with daily scriptures, questions, and activity ideas…/dp/1482697459

Good Dirt: Advent, Christmastide & Epiphany

Do you have more ideas and resources you love? Comment below, and we’ll add them!


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