Are you Celebrating Advent? Do you wonder what Advent is? For a long time…even as a Christian, I did not know what Advent was. There is no shame in not knowing…the Christian walk is about learning and growing…right?! So I wanted to share What is Advent and 10 ways to Celebrate, so that you may consider having a fun and Christ Centered Christmas.
I hope you will join me in Celebrating Advent.. because He has come and He will come again!
Noun: 1. The arrival of a notable person, thing or event 2. The first season of the church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.
Advent does NOT need to be celebrated only on certain days (like Sundays) Use all of the ideas below to do what is BEST for YOUR family. If you are starting a little late in December…THAT’S OK!
This video perfectly explains what Advent is perfectly!
Here are 10 ways to celebrate Advent!
I also realize that not everyone wants to make Crafty Advent Calendars from scratch so I have added in some other fun Advent Craft kits that might be easier or give you more ideas!
25 Days of Service by I Heart Nap Time ~ I LOVE how Jamielyn did these acts of service for her advent! Awesome idea!
You can also order this little kit that is just like the one above, but with Scripture and activities already to go…simply click on the pic!
You can do so many things with these cute paper bags. They are already numbered and ready to go.
Simply put scripture and little treat in the bag and hang on the heavy twine with clothespins. All in a neat little kit!
You know the Elf on the Shelf rage that’s been going around these past 5 years or so. WELL DaySpring has a perfect way to participate in the ALL the FUN except keeping the focus on Christ for Christmas! Celebrate Advent with The Shepherd on the Search! Just like Elf on the Shelf, this adorable Shepherd comes with a book full of fun activities and adventures that will keep the kids guessing until Christmas! LOVE!
“During the Advent season, begin reading the story of your shepherd’s timeless journey in a beautifully illustrated interactive children’s book, and let the fun begin every day as you hide your shepherd and your children find him in a new place along the search! The shepherd’s journey begins anew every Christmas season and ends on Christmas day as your shepherd finds his way to the manger.”
& Love this very simple Advent that can be pulled together in no time by Mess for Less
Love, Love, Love this one! 25 names of Jesus, = 25 days of December! Don’t you just love His Name! This is what Christmas is all about! Thank you Kojo Designs
Super cute and meaningful Advent on the Refrigerator! Thank you Nike at Thrive
I think I’m getting old because I love anything with clothespins! This Advent Calendar by Abby of Just a Girl and her blog is so super cute and comes with Scripture Printables!
Love this Jesse Tree Advent Calendar by the Unlikely Homeschool very elegant and simple. She gives all of the Scripture verses to go along with it!
You don’t have to do something every single day if this is just too overwhelming. Many have 4 Candles and light one each Sunday or chosen day and simply read a portion of Scripture that goes along with that week. Here are a couple of super simple Candle arrangements you could use.
This is a super pretty one, but you would use only 4 candles. By Homestead Revival
And another very simple but meaningful arrangement from Homespun Living.
Here are more simple ideas for celebrating Advent:
Treasure hunt –
Use The Shepherd on the Search from above or make your own! Children love treasure hunts. There’s nothing quite as exciting as searching the house, knowing that a gift is waiting somewhere. To celebrate Advent each year, wrap little trinkets, chocolates and books, hide each morning. Then write simple rhymes and Scripture for each day, offering clues for the search.
I made this huge chalk board for our wall a while back..
We put 1 scripture a day up on it as we counted down till Christmas. I also put one question either pertaining to our lives regarding the scripture or to the scripture itself ..if my kids have looked up the scripture and give me an answer to the question or give me a heart answer..I give them a little treat…
Since I have very busy teens, it would be unreasonable for me to expect them to sit down every night have a big family time. So using the chalk board is easy, quick and still getting to the heart of Christmas!
You can do Advent all in one night!!
Sit in a group and take turns reading scripture. Talk about how this applies to your life. Light 1 candle after each of 7 Scriptures are read.. Serve some very special desserts for the end to celebrate Christ’s coming again!
Here are some more simple Advent Calendars that keep the focus on Christ! (You can click on the pictures)
Here are some great books that you can read with your kids as you count down to Christmas and keep the focus on the reason for the season:
Be Blessed Today!
More Christmas ideas
I’ve joined up with some other wonderful bloggers to bring you more great Christmas ideas:
- What is Advent and 10 Ways to Celebrate – If your kids think Advent is just about chocolates and calendars hop on over to Shari Lynne’s post and they can learn all about what Advent really means.
- Countdown to Christmas: Santa Beard Printable – This has to be the most adorable advent calendar ever. As the days go by your little one gets to add to Santa’s beard until it’s all white and fluffy in time for him to deliver those presents. Stephanie has even included a free printable so you just have to print it out and stick it on the wall.
- ABC Family Movies – Don’t miss any of your favourite Christmas movies this year – Megan has all the times and dates for ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas.
- DIY Christmas Decorations with Apples – If you like to make your own Christmas decorations check out these great ideas from Heather for decorating with apples.
- 4 Best Holiday Cookies Recipes for Christmas – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some delicious cookies to share with family and friends. Clare has rounded up 14 amazing recipes that you can give as gifts or eat all by yourself!
- Gifting on a Beggar’s Budget – If you’re on a tight budget this year don’t miss Heather’s fantastic ideas for giving great gifts without spending a lot of money.
- 65 Stocking Stuffers for a Teen Guy – Do you have a teen guy on your list and you just can’t think what to buy for him this year? Well Mitzi comes to your rescue with no less than 65 stocking stuffer ideas!
- Dear Crazy Christmas Shoppers – While you’re frantically rushing from store to store trying to complete your Christmas shopping, spare a thought for the people working in those stores. Jennifer shares what it’s like being on the other side of the counter.
- Swedish Braid – If you’d like to start a new tradition this year, how about baking a Swedish Braid for Christmas breakfast, Barbara shares some tips in this post.
- How to Prepare for Christmas Dinner – If you’re hosting Christmas Dinner this year you will not want to miss Candi’s schedule for making sure everything runs smoothly.