Advent Devotion and Ideas Round Up 2016


I REALLY love Christmas. I anticipate it all year long. We celebrate all month long with our family traditions. One of those traditions is finding an Advent activity that will carry us through the month. I want to share some ideas with you if you are still looking for something to do with your family this season. 

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Jesse Tree

I don’t know the full history of this devotion. I’m not sure where it first came from…but it’s great and there are a lot of options! The basic premise is that the Jesse Tree plan touches on the whole of Scripture to share the story of God’s rescue plan in Jesus. We start with creation and watch as the need for a Savior is apparent and promised from the moment Adam and Eve eat that fruit. The plan takes you though the old testament and into the new… right up to the birth of Christ.

In most plans, there is some type of ornament for each day. You can hang them on your Christmas tree, wall, collection of twigs in a vase, etc.

Here are a couple of different tools to help you get started:

From Ninja Mom Designs Etsy:

Illustrate Your Faith through Advent: Jesse Tree Edition

Illustrate Your Faith through Advent: Jesse Tree Ornaments

From Ann Voskamp (our family has used this for the past two Christmases):

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (great for families)

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas (great for personal devotion)

The Truth In Tinsel

I LOVE this for little ones. It’s a hands on Advent Devotion. There is a craft/ project every day. When we did it, I gathered all the crafts and sorted them by day before the month began. We were prepared and enjoyed what each day brought.

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Family Storybooks for Advent

We were introduced to these a few years ago. I think they are great for upper elementary- middle school. Each book is a story that will last the entire Advent Season. They are set in Bible times and follow a child’s journey to the birth of Christ. Perfect for Read Alouds.

Jotham’s Journey

Ishtar’s Odyssey

Bartholomew’s Passage

Tabitha’s Travels

Amon’s Adventure

A Few More Options:

Illustrate Your Faith Through Advent: A Coloring Book for All Ages

Reverse Advent Calender

Names of Jesus Advent Calender

Do you do an Advent devotional/ activity with your family? Please comment and share with us! I hope you enjoy the anticipation and joy of the Christmas season.



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