Week 1 of the Advent Adventure Devotional

A few weeks ago I did a post about our Advent learning plans on the Homeschool Survival site. The title of the post is “The Advent Adventure”. We always find a way to keep the focus on Christ during the Christmas holiday season. This year we have a set of 25 boxes. Each box contains an item that is often seen around this time of year. Things like Christmas trees, lights, bells, carolers, etc… Each item is meant to be a conversation starter to discuss the birth of Jesus. An example is,

The Stocking is a symbol that God directs our day-to-day “steps.”
 
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.
 
From this post a daily family devotional has been born. Each day there will be a verse and a craft that correlate with the Christmas item in the box. Sunday’s are an exception, their will be a scripture reading followed by lighting of that week’s Advent candle. I encourage you to use that day as a family prayer day. I will post the verse, craft ideas etc.. here each Sunday in December. Monday’s the craft “How-to” will be posted back on the Homeschool Survial site in more detail so make sure to visit there also!
This brings us to week 1!
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Dec. 1HOPE – Light the first purple candle in the Advent wreath, Hope, which invites us to think about the hope we find in Christ Jesus.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
God, In faith we find hope. As we light the candle of hope, we remember and believe in your promises to us. We give you all our struggles this day. May we always find our hope and help in your Son, Jesus. Amen
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Dec. 2 – An Evergreen Branch helps us to remember the renewed life we find in Him.

For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23
Today’s craft is a evergreen wreath. Paint a paper plate green. Once dried cut out the center. Then glue colored poms around to decorate.
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Dec. 3 – The Stocking is a symbol that God directs our day-to-day “steps.”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
 
Stocking made from felt. I used a pattern found here to cut out two red stockings. Then hot glue them together around the edges forming a pocket. Allow children to decorate as they like.
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Dec. 4Angels… The significance of the angels is great. An angel announced the good news to Mary, Joesph and the Shepherds. (Find craft details on www.homeschoolsurvival.com)

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14
 
 
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Dec. 5 – A Candy Cane is full of symbolism. Read the legend of the candy cane.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
 
The Candy cane craft is super simple. Braid three pipe cleaners in your choice of colors then bend into a candy cane shape.
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Dec. 6 – You can see that the shape of the Christmas Tree is a triangle, reminding us of the Trinity…Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
Galatians 4: 4b-7
 
For this craft, use a Christmas tree template (found at the above referenced site) cut out a felt tree. Use various colored buttons to decorate.
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Dec. 7 – I used a Christmas bow to represent Giving Gifts. God gave us the best gift that we could ever ask for. He gave us salvation through his son Jesus.

 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that who so ever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
 
The last craft this week is about giving to others. Make this Popsicle photo frame and give as a gift to someone special.
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Make sure to check back next week for more Advent Adventure ideas!

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