Last year, we broke our Holiday activities into two categories: Advent readings and crafts at night (so Daddy could do them with us) and general Christmas stuff during the day.
It worked well for us; the Little Lady and I would spend the morning and afternoon making Christmas trees, Snowmen, playing with Baby Jesus and the rest of “supposedly” kid-friendly Nativity set (I beg to differ since both Mary AND Joseph lost their heads) and baking Christmas cookies. . . . then, when Daddy came home, we would spend the evening readin Bible passages and making correlating crafts.
We’re doing the same this year, and we’re excited about it!
Last year, I used a ton of ideas from Hubbord’s Cupboard and 1+1+1=1; if you haven’t checked out them out, you simply MUST! Both are fantastic resources for general preschool/totschool lessons, as well as holiday specific ideas. (1+1+1=1 just posted a new Nativity lesson pack this week!)
This year is no different; Hubbord’s Cupboard’s Advent Chain is providing the basis of what we’re doing for our nightly Advent activities; BUT, I wanted to make a slight change this year, creating something that was more of a “devotional” for our little ones . . . using Scripture, readings, music, and crafts as a way to reinforce what I feel are KEY points from the “Christmas Story.”
- Jesus was sent by God for us.
- He is our Savior.
- He is God (Trinity).
- His birth was miraculous.
- Nothing is impossible when we follow God’s plan for us.
- God takes care of us and blesses us.
- God talks to us even today.
- God wants EVERYONE to know Jesus and the salvation that comes through believing in Him.
With that in mind, I tweaked the Advent Chain, adding discussion points and linking to supplemental readings and craft ideas.
I also incorporated Chrismon ornaments; I grew up with these ornaments on our Church tree. They are gorgeous, simple white and gold ornaments, depicting early Christian/Church symbols. Most of the symbols were used by the Early Christians — at a time when they were under persecution for their faith — to connect with other Christians.
We will be making a total of 23 Chrismon ornaments between now and Christmas.
If you’d like to see or use this Advent Devotional Chain, please click here to download it as a pdf. You can use any or all of it!
I’ll post updates as we go through our weeks leading up to Christmas; I hope you’ll join me and share what your family does to celebrate the Birth of Christ.