Advent Devotions & Ornaments

There are many things that vie for our attention during the Christmas season!  Each year, we like to create space for our family to remember who we are really celebrating.  This year, we’re going to use these devotions I wrote a few years ago.  I pray they encourage your hearts to draw near to Jesus this season!

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These Advent devotions include five Bible passages that walk us through the story of Jesus’ birth.  Each one explores what it means to have a relationship with him.  Each devotion helps us know Jesus by one of his names, and respond to him.  We grow to know him as the Son of God, Immanuel, human, Savior, and King.  A couple things I liked about our experience using these devotions were:  1) the simplicity of reading the actual Bible account, and 2) the opportunity for meaningful family conversation.  Because of this, I’d like to share these with you this Christmas!

These devotions can be adjusted for kids of varying ages.  The girls were in kindergarten and second grade when I wrote these, and we only used the front side of the cards.  For older children, parents can use additional notes on the back side for further conversation.IMG_20171110_145946385An easy, tangible activity is to put an ornament on the tree with each devotion.  I made ornaments with the name of Jesus corresponding with the devotions.  The easiest way to make them is to use Sharpie Metallic Paint markers to write on any ornament you have on hand.  You can also be more crafty with beads, glitter, and such!

Another simple activity uses a nativity set.  You could set out the piece(s) of a nativity set that correspond with the devotion each time you do them.
IMG_20171111_143334131Here’s the printable for you:  Family Advent Devotions

Choose the option to “Print on both sides, Flip pages on the short edge.”  These print up nicely on card stock.

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