I made this 10-day Advent Guide specifically with busy families in mind. Rare is the year that we get through an entire 4-week or 24-day guide in either our family worship or our homeschool. Like many of you, during December we have extra evening church activities, Christmas parties, recitals, rehearsals, and travel. So I’m left with half-finished advent books and a bunch of paper crafts that I’ll need to put somewhere (or throw away).
In this guide, I wanted to keep things simple and focused mainly on worship, while also allowing time for a few of the very best Christmas picture books and a couple of fun Christmas traditions. You can start this guide at any time during advent—it doesn’t have to be THE Sunday of advent (so, no fear of getting “off track”), and you don’t have to do it every single day in order to get through the whole guide. It only takes ten days.
I’ve included in the guide:
- A special advent doxology with sheet music and piano accompaniment
- Scripture readings for each day that go from the prophecies foretelling Christ, to Christ’s birth, to the mystery of the incarnation and the exaltation of Christ
- Prayer prompts that tie in with each Scripture reading
- Ten hymns with sheet music and piano accompaniment
- Three passages to choose from for Scripture memory and Christmas-themed printables of each passage in both the ESV and the KJV
- Ten suggestions of the best Christmas books centered on themes of love, self-sacrifice, and giving (no Santa type books or books that exclusively focus on a manger scene)
- One simple arts-based activity per day that can become part of your family traditions
- Poetry—two beautiful Christmas poems to read aloud (with notes for the parent)
- Music—two portions of Handel’s Messiah with full orchestra and choir to watch
- Art—two Christmas paintings to look at and add to the art gallery in the mind (no paintings of Christ)
- Handicrafts—two simple, traditional Christmas crafts (that can be eaten or used as legitimate decoration; no glue-and-glitter paper crafts)
- Culinary—two fun, delicious recipes for Christmas treats
I hope this guide is a blessing to your family as we remember the one who laid aside his glory to take on flesh and bear our sins and as we anticipate his coming again to rule the world with truth and grace and make all the nations, at long last, prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love.
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