Here are just a few of our ideas. Leave a comment with what your family has found helpful.
The Christmas season is finally here! The truth is, December is one of the busiest months for The Moore Family. In the midst of visiting families, picking out the perfect gifts, christmas trees, christmas parties, christmas services and school plays it can become very easy to lose focus on why Christmas is so incredible. In the past our family has done a 7 day study on the importance of the birth of Jesus leading up to Christmas night. This is something that my wife (Kisha) has always led the charge on. She is the creative one and loves to create fun and exciting ways for our kids to experience Jesus on their level. This year we wanted to attempt a month long advent study with our family that was simple and fun. So, Kisha began researching different ways we can allow the incredible advent story come to life in the lives of our kids. Here are some ideas from my family and our staff’s families.
BEFORE YOU START CLICKING LINKS – READ THIS !!!!! Before you start looking for the best plan for your family, commit to using one that is FUN. We want our kids to look forward to this time together as a family. Help them see the miracle that God has been preparing and performing since creation. Help them see why Christmas is so amazing. If you miss a night, don’t freak out. Pick back up the following night. Don’t stress about making it “perfect”, make it FUN. Start simple and build rhythms that can be built upon in future years.
YouVersion COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: YouVersion Bible App has created a fun Advent activity calendar, designed to help the whole family learn about the significance of Christmas. Simple, engaging, and fun for the whole family.
ADVENT CALENDAR: Focus on the Family offers a simple advent calendar that focuses on 25 “inspiring true stories of the season” to help kids focus on Christ this Christmas.
REASON FOR THE SEASON: If you like to cut, color and glue things then this is the advent deal for you. Reason for the Seasons: a Jesse Tree Advent Journey is meant to be a tool to provide opportunities to connect with your family about the true meaning of the season: celebrating the birth of our amazing Savior. Each day your family will read passages of scripture from The Jesus Story Book or The Big Picture Story Bible. There is also a craft each day for the kids to hang on the tree that tells the advent story. Each edition contains 24 reading passage references, 24 ornaments, 48 crafts, 27 activity ideas, 24 food ideas, and 26 coloring pages that reinforce the theme of each day. HERE is a different take on the Jesse Tree.
AWANA ADVENT FAMILY DEVOTIONAL: “25 Reasons Why Jesus Was Born” is your opportunity to reconnect with the reason behind the season. Twenty-five days with twenty-five different contributors. Each day reflects on a specific reason for Jesus’ birth and includes some thoughts as we move toward Christmas Day. You can print or use your phone/tablets to share the advent story in a colorful and engaging way.