What is Advent?
Literally it means ‘coming’ in Latin. The first advent took place thousands of years ago with the birth of Jesus Christ.
The season of Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas (November 28 this year) and is celebrated by many Christian churches as a time of focusing on the real meaning behind the Christmas season and preparing ones heart and mind for the second Advent; when Jesus Christ shall come again.
In many Catholic and Protestant denominations, Advent candles and wreaths are incorporated in the Sunday services.
My church doesn’t have advent traditions but as a child in school (I spent my childhood in England) some sort of countdown was always a big part of the build up to Christmas holidays.
Christmas is a big deal in our family and we have incorporated Advent activities as part of our little family traditions. I started it when the children were 3 and 4 as a literal countdown to save my sanity. I drew a large Christmas tree on cartridge paper with 24 ornaments and each day starting on Dec 1 they took turns shading an ornament from 24 down to 1. From that point on whenever I heard “Mommy when is Christmas?” (50 million times) I could direct them to their tree.
Since that time we’ve done advent colouring pages, hanging different ornaments on the tree each day and of course the children’s favourite… chocolate calendars.
You don’t have to search very hard to find Advent ideas and calendars of all kinds from DIYs and free printables to elaborate calendars featuring toys and storybooks to the super luxurious with surprises of jewellery, wines, watches and the like for each day.
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We always try and keep our advent activities Christ centered and last year we did the reading plan from
The children loved it and we recorded our readings and shared them with friends.
This year both children have end of term exams and so we’re doing a 12 Day Advent countdown starting on December 13. Stay tuned to hear our readings and see the crafts we get around to doing.
Do you have advent traditions in your family?
Here are 5 FREE Christ Centred Advent activities for you to try.
- Advent Bible Reading Plan from My Printable Faith.
2. Advent Bible Reading Cards (suitable for young readers) from Happy Home Fairy
3. Advent Bible Study Plan (for more mature readers) from Telling the Truth
4. Gettys Kids Devotional from Getty Music.
5. Weekly Advent Devotional series from Focus on the Family
Share below what you and your family will be doing this year for Advent.
Have a blessed day