Do you celebrate the Advent season? As far as the church year goes, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, and it lasts through Christmas Eve but many families choose to start Advent activities on December 1st!
We celebrate the traditional (church year) format of Advent each year, the remembrance of the time when old believers looked to the coming of the Messiah and also rejoicing in the promise of Jesus’ second coming!
I wanted to share our favorite advent devotionals that you will love doing with your family too! They are very budget friendly and a great way to create a memorable holiday season with your children.
These seven Advent devotionals will help your family experience the wonder and joy of Christ’s coming and draw you nearer to Jesus in this busy season.
Seven Meaningful Advent Family Devotionals
Truth in the Tinsel
I’ve talked much about Truth in the Tinsel in the past, and you can find more details about it here! With a printable Advent chain, activity ideas and a devotional for each day, you can go as simple or as “complex” as you’d like!
We did Truth in the Tinsel several years in a row when our kids were really young, doing a few of the crafts and ornaments each time until we had a whole tree full!
Pictured below is my then 3 year old painting one of the ornaments (Mary!).
Learn more or purchase Truth in the Tinsel by clicking here!
Christmas Story and Jesse Tree Lego Challenge
My friend Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker offers a Jesse Tree challenge, and also a Christmas Story challenge which includes printable ornaments and is similar to the path of Advent. It includes building prompts and activities that you can do with your Legos or other building bricks! Click through the photo and navigate to the “Brick Challenges” category!
A new Advent family devotional from the author of Jotham’s Journey! Fourth in a set of Advent adventure books for families, Ishtar’s Odyssey follows the ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man as their caravan follows a star across the desert. Ishtar would just as soon stay in the comfort of the palace, but slowly he learns that there’s much to see, do, and learn in this world that can’t be experienced in school. He eventually meets Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha as he follows his father and uncles in their search for a newborn king.
We love Arnold Ytreeide’s books and own several. These stories are intense and dramatic, so I would recommend them for ages 8 and up.
Other Books in This Series:
As an idea, you can read this book with your children and print out and use our Advent Printable Banner, which goes along with each candle of the Advent wreath!
Countdown to Christmas
This family devotional has 15 readings that correspond with different members of the nativity. You put your nativity set together piece by piece with each day’s reading, leading up to Christmas Day. This devotional will engage your preschoolers but is sufficiently interesting for your older kids too.
I LOVE this idea and we’re going to be using it, along with our Advent Banner this year!
Purchase Countdown to Christmas on Amazon!
Focus on the Family Advent Calendars
Focus on the Family has several Advent calendars and devotionals available to download for free (and a couple you can purchase) on their website! I’m eyeing the Adventures in Odyssey calendar for next year!
Everyday Emmanuel, from What’s in the Bible (a video series that teaches kids the history and truth of the Bible) a fun, easy-to-use family Christmas Countdown experience designed to help families make the most of Christmas and better understand the true meaning of the season.
Christmastime can become overrun with to-do lists and errands. This year, you can break the stressful cycle and create meaningful time together as a family by celebrating advent with Everyday Emmanuel!
Comfort and Joy: An Advent Study for Families
Experience Advent in a deep and meaningful way while creating memories with your kids during this busy season of the year!
Our BRAND NEW resource, Comfort and Joy: An Advent Study for Families, is a Biblical experience created to help your family anticipate Christ’s birth through:
- Daily Devotions revolving around a weekly theme, based around the four candles of Advent and their corresponding Bible verses
- Weekly Advent/Christmas Carol to learn and sing
- Service projects that reflect the light of Christ
- Daily Activities (some super simple, some more involved) to connect Scriptural truths about Christ with hands-on learning, such as recipes, crafts and ornament making
- Coloring pages, Christmas cards, bookmarks and other fun resources to decorate and share!
- Advent Calendar in the form of a pretty banner to display in your home
In just 10 minutes per day, you can cut through the busyness, capture the joy of the Advent season and connect the truths of Jesus’ birth with our lives today, showing your kids that Scripture is always relevant, useful and life-changing.
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Looking for an Advent wreath for your home?
This is one idea and would make a beautiful display for your table or with other decor:
This is the beautiful wreath we have, made with greenery:
Blessings to you this Advent season!