Great Ideas for Celebrating Advent: December 2016

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Great ideas on celebrating Advent this season as a family!

Advent is the season when we prepare ourselves to receive God’s gift of Jesus. It is a time of “getting ready” for the celebration of Christmas. Here are some ways you can prepare yourself and your family for celebrating Jesus’ birth:

  • Make an Advent wreath. The wreath, because it is a circle, symbolizes God’s never-ending love. The wreath, because it is green, symbolizes life. An Advent wreath contains four candles representing the four Sundays leading to Christmas. Many people place a white candle in the center of the wreath to symbolize Jesus.
  • You can make a wreath using a Styrofoam base, greenery, and purple candles. If you do not have a Styrofoam base, place your candles in candleholders. Arrange them in a circle, with the white candle in the middle. Place greenery around the candles.
  • Make an Advent prayer chain. Use construction paper cut into twenty-four strips. Write a prayer concern on each strip. Use tape to tape the first strip into a circle. Take the second strip and insert it into the first strip before taping it into a circle. Continue until you have a chain. On Monday, November 28, open your first strip and pray together as a family for what is on the strip.
  • Make a family-blessing jar. Place an empty jar on your dining table. Each day during Advent, state one blessing for which you are thankful. Write the blessing on a slip of paper and put it in the jar. On Christmas Day, pour out the blessings.
  • For each week of Advent, focus on one of the people or groups of people in the story of the birth of Jesus. Tell one another the stories from the Bible about:
    • Week one: the Prophets
    • Week two: Mary
    • Week three: Joseph
    • Week four: Shepherds

Discover more great ideas for celebrating in your home from the book: ‘Tis the Season: Church Celebrations for Advent & Christmas‘ by Rachel Gilmore.