Dec. 15 – The third Advent candle is pink and know as the candle of Joy. This one should be obvious, so let your kids run with it!
“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy!” Psalm 47:1
God, thank you for all the blessings in our lives. You have done great things for us. In you we find faith, hope and great joy. We thank you especially for the gift of our family and the joy we can share in you. Amen
Dec, 16 – Haul out the Holly…which is a prickly plant. But it can be used to symbolize the crown of thorns and drops of blood that Jesus wore during his crucifixion.
“The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head.” John 19:2 a
Holly Hands Prints Craft
Dec. 17 – Wrapping gifts is a great way to reflect on the fact that so long ago in a stable, Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes. She was wrapping the greatest gift ever given!
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” Luke 2:6-7
Make your own wrapping paper. Use butcher block paper, markers, paint and stickers!
Dec. 18 – Baking is a family tradition that many of us share. Did you know that Bethlehem literally means “House of Bread?” Fitting, since the Bread Of Life was born there!
“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
Have a special baking day and share with friends & family. Find more at HomeschoolSurvival.com
Dec. 19 – We decorate our house inside and out for this special occasion. As we prepare our earthly houses with Ornaments, don’t forget that our bodies are the Lord’s temple. We must do some cleaning and preparing for our eternal home also.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Make your own ornaments. We used the clear plastic balls and added in paint and glitter.
Dec. 20 – Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Hearing the sound of Bells should remind us to listen to God always.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28
String pipe cleaners with red and green beads. Then bend into a bell shape.
Dec. 21- Nativity Scenes are great ways to pass on to our children the story of Christ’s birth, emphasizing Jesus’ humility.
Read the Christmas story…Luke 2:1-20.
Make Nativity place mats by printing off a coloring page (just goggle Nativity coloring page).