Advent isn’t just a countdown to Christmas!
Let’s talk briefly about how to celebrate Advent.
It’s a way to think on 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!
This set of banner verses is dated for 2018. This year Advent is December 2-24!
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 4 Sundays before Christmas. It always ends Christmas Eve.
That is why, then, Advent can be anywhere between 23 and 28 days long! Our Advent calendar is created with the official dates in mind.
Advent Calendar Banner Layout (2019 version coming soon and will be emailed to you even if you sign up for the 2018 version!)
Here are the dates/verses/candles for 2018:
December 2 – Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 (Prophecy Candle)
December 3 – Mark 1:2-3
Dec 4 – Isaiah 11:1-2
Dec 5 – Isaiah 61:1-2
Dec 6 – Matthew 24: 36-44
Dec 7 – Jeremiah 33:14-15
Dec 8 – Zechariah 6:12-13
Dec 9 – Micah 5:2 (Bethlehem)
Dec 10 – Matthew 2:1-2
Dec 11 – Matthew 2:3-6
Dec 12 – John 1:1-3
Dec 13 – John 1:4-5
Dec 14 – Luke 2:4-5
Dec 15 – John 7:42
Dec 16 – Psalm 80:1-3 (Shepherds)
Dec 17 – Isaiah 40:11
Dec 18 – Ezekiel 34:11-16
Dec 19 – Psalm 23: 1, 1 Peter 2:25
Dec 20 – John 10:10-18
Dec 21 – Luke 2:15-20
Dec 22 – Jeremiah 23:5-6
Dec 23 – Psalm 89:5, Psalm 148:1-2, Matthew 1:20-25 (Angels)
Dec 24 – Luke 1:30-35, Luke 2 Birth of Jesus
Really want just 24 Day Advent Calendar?
I’ll include that in your email too! :) So instead of dates, it will have Day 1-Day 24 on the bunting pieces and then similar Scriptures to cut out, paste on the back and read with your family each day of December until Christmas Eve!