Advent Ideas: How to Celebrate in 2014
Christmas is a coming! Christmas is a coming! While I was slightly annoyed to walk into Target and see Santa and his reindeers hanging overhead (what? already? no!), I think it’s a totally appropriate time to start thinking about Advent, the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas.
This year Advent beings on Sunday, November 30th, meaning there are still a few weeks to decide if you and your family will participate in Advent this year, what you will use, and then gather the materials you need to prepare!
Each year I like to highlight some of the best (at least in my opinion) tools to use to lead your family through this season of anticipating Jesus.
1. An Advent Calendar
Last year, we did a round up of 6 different types of Advent Calendars, including a few that we made ourselves- the matchbox advent calendar as well as the ornament calendar. The idea of this type of experience is that each day your child will open one item (an envelope, a box, a pocket, whatever) and inside find something that will point them towards Jesus’ birth.
Pinterest is filled with a gazillion cute advent calendar ideas, so just choose one that is manageable to you in your current stage!
2. Truth in the Tinsel
I have used Truth in the Tinsel several times, once using their full-blown curriculum, and then the next year using just their printable ornaments (give me a break, my littlest was an infant! ;)). Both times the kids LOVED it. Not a little bit, but a whole lot. I’m so thankful that Amanda created this wonderful resource for parents and I really think that each family should go through this at least once when their kiddos are young.
3. Unwrapping the Greatest Gift
This resource is new this year, and MaryAnn did a great job of reviewing it last week. This is a good one if you are wanting to get away from only using the Christmas story to talk about Christmas, but instead need a little bit of “whole story” pointing towards the coming of Jesus. This resource is a mostly a book, with free printable ornaments, so no craftiness needed! 🙂
4. Everyday Emmanuel (from What’s in the Bible?)
This is a great “first Advent” resource if you haven’t celebrated Advent before. This curriculum is straight forward and doesn’t assume you have knowledge about how to teach the Christmas story to your kids. The curriculum uses video, printables, an Advent calendar, and crafts to teach you and your child about Emmanuel (God with us).
They also have a DVD that you can purchase as well called, Why Do We Call It Christmas? I haven’t watched it yet, but it looks pretty great from the preview.