Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Did you light the 1st candle of your advent wreath today?
Do you even have an advent wreath?
If you’re shopping online you can get a wreath here. If you’re shopping in stores, head over to your local craft store with the weekly coupon for 40-50% off. That will be much cheaper and quicker than ordering online.
Today is the candle of “Hope”. Spend this week discussing hope from the Bible.
Where is your hope?
In whom is your hope?
What verses talk about our hope?
What does hope mean in the Bible? (Hint: it does not mean you wish something will happen)
My only hope at this time of my life is in Jesus Christ. I can actually say that is true because many others have let me down.
Many of you have received our Advent Countdown with 25 ideas for you to prepare your heart & your kids’ hearts for Christmas. If not somehow you missed the FREE Advent Calendar Countdown, click here and sign up for our 25 daily email ideas.
There are many ways to use advent calendars and advent wreaths to prepare your family for Christmas. Start today – the first Sunday of Advent by reading Isaiah 40:31. Then, discuss hope from the Bible.
but those who hope in the LordIsaiah 40:31
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Finally, get out your advent calendar and open the first door. Be sure to choose one that works with your family’s priorities. In other words, make it, buy it or create it! Don’t feel guilty if you go buy one and use it.
If you want to use an Advent calendar year after year, I recommend a wooden one like this one. Click here to read more and get your own.
When you use one like this beautiful wooden box, you can change what’s inside the doors every year. Make it appropriate for your kids during that year.
If you have younger kids, they will enjoy this Christmas tree advent calendar. Again, you can add your own advent ideas to each piece, using it year after year. If you want more info on this Christmas tree advent tree, click here.
If you want to make an Advent calendar, this is super-easy. All you need are 25 gift bags, twine and gift tags.
Gift Bag Advent Calendar 2 versions of Gift Bags
- Buy 25 paper gift bags in a variety of prints. Hang with clothespins on twine. Fill with treat or daily Advent activity to prepare for Christmas
- Use holiday fabric to sew up rectangles to make gift bags. Hang on twine with clothespins. Attach number. Mix up the numbers, if you like.NOTE: If you are going to have hot chocolate, include the hot chocolate mix in the bag. Or, include whatever you need for that daily activity.
Advent Pocket Calendar
Mini Muffin Advent Calendar
Watch the blog for a post each Sunday to celebrate Advent and light a new advent candle.
1st Sunday in Advent – Hope
2nd Sunday in Advent – Peace
3rd Sunday in Advent – Love
4th Sunday in Advent – Mary
Question: What are you using for an Advent calendar this year? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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