Here are some simple ideas you can do to help your family enjoy the anticipation of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.
They don’t need to start from December 1st so don’t think if you haven’t planned them already it’s too late. You know your family best so choose things they’ll enjoy.
- Set up your nativity scene as a family. Talk about each piece as you add it to the scene. Make sure your nativity scene has pride of place amongst your Christmas decorations.
- Use the wise men from your nativity scene and take turns to move the wise men to somewhere new in your home each day. Have fun finding them! Talk about how the wise men journeyed to see Jesus. More ideas for that here http://samluce.com/2013/11/2-fantastic-ideas-families-can-use-for-advent/
- Read the nativity story together as often as you can. Make it a special occasion, read it by candlelight or have a treat together while you read it. Use different story books or Bible translations.
- Go to a Carol service together. And come to church on Christmas Day. It might be something you’ve never done before but it’s a great way to make sure the focus stays on Jesus in the middle of all the presents and food! Our service at St C’s is at 11am, lasts only 45 minutes and children (and adults if you want!) should bring one of their presents to show.
- Christmas crafts, lots of us enjoy making things at Christmas. Include nativity crafts as well as Santa, Reindeer and snowmen.
- Put all your Christmas books at the front of the bookshelves or in a special place. Include lots of nativity stories. Enjoy reading them together.
- Have fun this advent!
For adults here are two fantastic advent reading guides. Both include a bible reading and some explanatory text.
- Amy Orr Ewing’s advent book “The Time Is Now” (part of the “Cover To Cover” bible reading notes) can be bought on Amazon here. You can also read it daily for free on her churche’s website: http://theminster.org/category/advent-devotional/
- John Piper’s “Solid Joys” daily bible reading app will feature advent readings. It is available for iPhone/iPad & Android for free here: http://solidjoys.desiringgod.org/en. You can also download all of the Advent readings as a pdf or for your tablet/e-reader here: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/books/good-news-of-great-joy . Again all of this is free.