I recently realized that advent is about to begin. I think Columbo announcing, almost daily, the number of days until Christmas helped my discernment. 🙂
As I looked online for an advent calendar, and couldn’t seem to find what I wanted, I decided to create my own. I will still post about our question book project on Tuesday. I am posting today to share the calendar. See what happens when I get all techy and figure out how to upload documents… 😉 But before I get all prideful, the awesome hubby did help me brainstorm and created the document.
In using the calendar my desire is to create teachable moments for my children, during the building excitement of celebrating the birth of Christ. I want my children to understand that Christmas is not about the gifts they receive, but about the ultimate gift that was given by God.
Each day I’ve listed a scripture to look up. I didn’t write them out as I want my kids to look them up. As they are preschool to third grade, we will be helping them and reading longer passages. I want my kids to see that the words they read are in the bible and not just on a card. I have prayerfully selected scriptures that begin with the promise of the Messiah, through the nativity story, and ending with why we need a savior. The final day, Christmas Eve, we read the Christmas story from Luke. This could easily be added to for older kids.
Along with a daily scripture, we will have a daily activity. Some of the activities may not fit your family so I’ve added blanks to make your own.
I printed the sheets on colored card stock. I put each day with an activity card, hole punched them and tied them together with a ribbon. I had to consider our family calendar when choosing each days activity. Although we will be reading the scriptures together in the evening, some activities need performed earlier in the day. I’m using two different colored ribbons to easily identify days we need to read our activities early.
We will begin our Christmas decorating this weekend. I plan to hang garland on our mantel to hang the cards from. Here’s a picture of my card for day one. I made it pretty simple. Ten years from now my kids won’t remember if it had fancy graphics or expensive ribbon. I pray they experience divine appointments and remember lessons learned.