Advent and Christmas @ Home
Advent is a time to look forward to Christmas Day, the joyful commemoration of Christ's birth on earth. It is also a time to reflect on and remember Christ's presence in everyday life. Advent is a time to reflect on your life, to deepen your commitment to follow Christ and to live in hope of Christ's return. This season is an opportunity for families to draw closer together by sharing special activities of the season; thoughts and insights, prayers of praise and thanksgiving; faith, hope and love. A meaningful Advent can lead to a more meaningful celebration of Christmas. Below are some activities to help you prepare your hearts and minds during Advent.
Advent Wreath Prayers
The Advent wreath is in the form of a circle with no beginning and no end, symbolizing eternity and an everlasting God. The wreath is traditionally covered with evergreens to represent eternal life. Lighting the candles on the wreath during the four weeks of Advent helps to prepare for the birth of Christ. The three purple candles represent hope, peace and love. The pink candle represents joy. The white candle represents Christ.
For Preschoolers: Baby Jesus is Born
Family Advent and Christmas Activities
Online Activity: Design a Nativity
Online Activity: Memory Match Game
Online Activity: Puzzle
Printable Christmas question cube
Printable Christmas Prayer Wheel
From Biblewise: Lots of Activities!
At Christmas time we sing “Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.” But sometimes we, or people we know, don’t feel so happy during the Christmas season. Let’s hear the story of a child who has many different feelings this December. Then let’s explore how we might pay better attention to our own feelings and the feelings of others as the winter days grow dark and the Christmas lights turn on. Dark Days,Bright Lights
During the Christmas season, notice the mention of stars in your favorite Christmas hymns, in worship, and in daily life. Encourage family members to be on the lookout for stars. The Christmas Star
You’ve seen plenty of nativity scenes—Mary, Joseph, angels, baby Jesus in a manger full of hay, and lots of animals. But, according to the Bible, what really happened when Jesus was born? Christmas Myths Busted Activity
Decorating is a common holiday tradition. This activity invites family members to explore the meaning and purpose of their decorations. Minimize the Mistletoes Activity