Advent isn’t just a countdown to Christmas!
Let’s talk briefly about how to celebrate Advent.
It’s a way to think about and celebrate how Jesus was prophesied throughout history and how His first coming fulfilled the law so we could be made right with the Lord through His death and resurrection!
It’s also a season to ponder Jesus’ second coming, to repent, and to prepare our hearts for that day where every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.
We love to incorporate Advent traditions to make these Scriptural truths more personal for our kids (and for us!).
So I created a printable Advent calendar in the form of a banner, with Scripture verses for each day of this season.
I hope you’ll enjoy using this Advent Calendar with your kids!
Scripture Advent Calendar to Prepare for Christmas
All you do is print the banner out (preferably on cardstock) and then cut out the pieces, and paste the coordinating Scripture verse for the day on the back of each bunting piece! Your kids can do this with you if you’d like ;)
Then punch holes and attach pieces with twine or ribbon and hang up in your home, reading a Bible verse (or verses sometimes) for each day until Christmas!
Each “section” of verses follows the traditional Advent candle themes – Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherds, and Angels – which all reflect the Scriptural truths of who Jesus is and how He is spoken of in the Word throughout time.
These verses lead us to Christmas Day when we celebrate Christ’s birth!
Something about Advent you may not know:
Sometimes the general understanding about Advent is that it takes place from Dec 1-25. But throughout the history of this church holiday, Advent has been celebrated starting four Sundays before Christmas. It always ends on Christmas Eve.
That is why, then, Advent can be anywhere between 23 and 28 days long!
To keep it simple, our Advent calendar banner is created with Day 1-Day 25.
But if you want an Advent calendar that is created with the true seasonal dates and updated each year check out Comfort and Joy: An Advent Study for Families!
Advent Calendar Banner Layout
December 1 – Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 (Prophecy Candle)
December 2 – Mark 1:2-3
Dec 3 – Isaiah 11:1-2
Dec 4 – Isaiah 61:1-2
Dec 5 – Matthew 24: 36-44
Dec 6 – Jeremiah 33:14-15
Dec 7 – Zechariah 6:12-13
Dec 8 – Micah 5:2 (Bethlehem)
Dec 9 – Matthew 2:1-2
Dec 10 – Matthew 2:3-6
Dec 11 – John 1:1-3
Dec 12 – John 1:4-5
Dec 13 – Luke 2:4-5
Dec 14 – John 7:42
Dec 15 – Psalm 80:1-3 (Shepherds)
Dec 16 – Isaiah 40:11
Dec 17 – Ezekiel 34:11-16
Dec 18 – Psalm 23: 1, 1 Peter 2:25
Dec 19 – John 10:10-18
Dec 20 – Luke 2:15-20
Dec 21 – Jeremiah 23:5-6
Dec 22 – Psalm 89:5, Psalm 148:1-2 (Angels)
Dec 23 – Matthew 1:20-25
Dec 24 – Luke 1:30-35, Luke 2 Birth of Jesus
Dec 25 – Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Peter 1:13
Your banner will have Day 1-Day 25 on the bunting pieces and then Scriptures to cut out, paste on the back and read with your family each day of December until Christmas Eve, with an option for Christmas Day!
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