We like to count down the days to Christmas as a family. This year we have a three year old and a one year old to celebrate the Advent season with and I am beside myself with excitement.
There are so many ways we can count down the days to Christmas by ourselves and with our families. I have been collecting ideas and putting my plan together for this Advent season, and I thought it would be fun to share what we plan to do. Plus I’ll share some other ideas I ran across that I really liked as well. Unfortunately, we can’t do all the ideas we find, right?
By the way, if you’re not familiar with Advent and whether Evangelicals (Protestants) should participate, I found this article helpful. I’m still learning about this rich tradition, and each year I seek to add one more piece of sacred to our Christmas traditions. If you’re like me, you don’t come from a background where Christ was central to the Christmas season. Give yourself grace as you strip yourself of old ways of thinking and doing, okay?
What My Family is Doing to Celebrate Advent
We’ll be using my DIY Advent Calendar for Broke People Who Line Dry Their Clothes to count down the days until Christmas. I made this calendar three years ago, and it’s still going today. Talk about a frugal DIY Advent Calendar!
My oldest is really into counting down to special events and occasions, so I expect this to be a fun activity this year. Plus it’s a great opportunity to practice numbers and counting!
For our little family, the holidays are about being together and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Family is a gift, and we use the Advent activities to promote togetherness, unity, and hopefully a lot of fun and laughter!
Instead of getting a treat each day of the advent, we do different activities together as a fun way to create memories as a family.
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Truth in the Tinsel is our favorite way to count down to Christmas with our toddler turned preschooler. We’ll be modifying this for our 15 month old to include him as well in this tradition.
Each day Truth in the Tinsel leads us through a scripture reading, corresponding ornament craft, and talking points for us to share with both of our sons. We love walking through the story of Jesus with this easy to use plan.
This will be our third year to do Truth in the Tinsel together. I cannot wait to get started. Cannot wait!
It’s tempting to rely on what I do with the children to suffice for preparing my heart for Christmas, but nothing should replace our personal relationship with Jesus.
This year I will be using Beyond the Tree: Meditations to Set Your Heart and Mind on the Christ of Christmas by Erin Davis. This is a brand new resource just released this week. As everything speeds up around Christmas, I’ll be using this eBook to slow down for a few minutes each day, focus on Christ, and recalibrate my heart and mind.
What I love about Beyond the Tree is that it’s written by someone who gets the heart of women. Erin Davis has a knack for getting to what matters most to women. I cannot wait to dig in to these meditations! You can download a sample copy of this eBook here.
That’s what my family is doing, but there are so many great ideas out there. Below are some other ideas I found!
DIY Advent Calendars
If my advent calendar ever kicks the bucket, here are some DIY Advent Calendar ideas I want to keep in mind. Maybe one of these is more your style!
Perhaps you’re not into the whole DIY thing. I really love these advent calendars because you can keep the focus on Christ in a simple way.
It was hard to choose which Advent wreath I wanted to use. I really loved all of these. Follow me on Instagram to see what I choose to do. 🙂
Here are some additional devotionals for adults to prepare your hearts for Christmas.
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Advent Devotionals for Kids
We’re faithful to the Truth in the Tinsel. But if it ever stops working for us, the following are some great ideas to check out.
Now tell me, what is your family doing to celebrate the Advent season this year?
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