Advent with Children

I love the season leading up to Christmas, the Advent season which starts Sunday, December 3rd.  When my children were little, it was wonderful to have fun, not expensive things to do with them.  Here is an Advent Calendar listing that I have kept through the years.  I know I received it from a church publication but do not know which one.  It is not original work.  

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If you are Christian and celebrate this holy season awaiting the birth of Christ, it is sometimes hard to focus children on the Christian aspects of the holiday. Try using this calendar to help focus family activities on the true spirit of the holiday.

ADVENT……COUNTING THE DAYS

Sunday, December 3 ………………………. Light the first candle on your Advent wreath.

Monday, December 4 ……………………….. Write “I love you ” notes to your parents and hide them under their pillows.

Tuesday, December 5 ………………………. Practice singing Christmas carols.

Wednesday, December 6 ……………………. Read about Saint Nicholas, whose feast day is today.

Thursday, December 7 ……………………… Ask a parent for permission to make popcorn for your brothers and sisters. 

Friday, December 8 ……………………….. Clean your bedroom without being asked.

Saturday, December 9 ……………………… Say a prayer for all the world’s hungry people.

Sunday, December 10 …………………………. Light the second candle on your Advent wreath. 

Monday, December 11 ……………………….. Make a Christmas card for your favorite teacher.

Tuesday, December 12 ………………………  Offer to say grace at mealtime. Suggest your family hold hands around the table while you say it.

Wednesday, December 13 …………………….. Cut out lacy paper snowflakes for your windows.

Thursday, December 14 …………………….. Make a special ornament for each family member from old Christmas cards.

Friday, December 15 ………………………. Get a Christmas story or poem from the library and read it to your family.

Saturday, December 16 …………………….. Invite your family to take a winter walk and afterwards praise God for winter gifts.

Sunday, December 17 ………………………. Light three candles (including the pink one) on your Advent wreath.

Monday, December 18 ………………………. Make a Christmas card for an elderly neighbor.

Tuesday, December 19 ……………………… Mail the card you made yesterday and say a prayer for your neighbor.

Wednesday, December 20 ……………………. Suggest making Christmas cookies as a family.

Thursday, December 21 …………………….. Take Christmas cookies to a sick or elderly friend.

Friday, December 22 ………………………. Make hot chocolate for your family. (First get a parent’s permission!)

Saturday, December 23 …………………….. Make a Christmas card for your parents.

Sunday, December 24 ………………………. Light four candles on your Advent wreath and read Luke 2:1-20 with your family and then set up your Christmas creche.

Monday, December 25 ………………………. Celebrate a joyful Christmas by going to Church. 

 

Monday, December 26 ………………………. Recycle Christmas wrappings by folding them carefully. Save ribbons and bows in a bag. Show appreciation for your gifts. 

Tuesday, December 27 ……………………… Write thank you notes.

Wednesday, December 28 …………………… Put away your gifts without being asked.

Thursday, December 29 …………………. Thank God for all the gifts of love and care you received during the past year.

 

This year Advent seems short. If you want to substitute these items for any of the ones above, feel free.

 Share food with a local food bank. Let the kids pick their favorite item to share. 

Think of two resolutions for 2018 and write them down. 

 Look up at the wonder of the night sky tonight and say thanks to God.

Save this year’s Christmas cards for next year’s creative projects.  

Offer your help in wrapping presents.

Have a wonderful Advent season!
Merry Christmas!!
Happy New Year!!

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