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Thanksgiving is barely gone and my mind is turning toward Christmas and Advent!
It doesn’t help that we’ve been practicing Christmas songs in the community choir since September, or that my daughter has been practicing Christmas music on violin since the beginning of the semester.
With the first chilly temps finally making their appearance here in Texas, and the first Christmas gifts already purchased, I’m ready to deck the halls and sing Silent Night. In fact, Advent has already technically begun (Sunday) and once again, the focus on Thanksgiving distracted me and let Advent totally sneak up on me!
So at the moment, I’m doing some research and digging through some options trying to decide what we’ll be using for the next four weeks to celebrate Advent and lead up to Christmas.
Something the kids will like.
Maybe you need something like that, too.
Of course there are tons of options out there. So whether you are looking for something to celebrate Christmas, study the history or symbols of Christmas, or guide you through the Advent season.. Here’s a few things I found in my search that may help you out.
Christmas and Advent Resources
A Christmas Adventure (Currclick) – “A Christmas Adventure will take your family on a adventure through the symbols and customs of Christmas, teaching you the meaning behind the symbols to help you focus your celebration on Christ.”
Celebrate the Savior (Currclick) – “Celebrate the Savior is a unit study. It begins with a detailed look at the birth of Jesus as recorded in the Bible. Then it explores the history of the celebration of Christmas.”
Good News of Great Joy Advent Devotional (Desiring God, John Piper) – This book of Advent meditations aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season.
Christmas Symbols Lapbook (Currclick) – “Ever wondered about the symbols of Christmas, like trees, bells, wreaths, candy canes, etc.? Use this hands-on tool to learn about how all of these symbols became traditions.”
Where the Light Shines Brightest (Christianity Today, Ed Stetzer) – “Where the Light Shines Brightest is a 25-day devotional intended to help all of us begin to imagine how this Advent season, and our own personal reflection on the birth of Jesus Christ, can inform, and even transform, our desire and passion to show and share this good news with a broken and hurting world.”
Symbols of Christmas Lapbook (Currlick) – “These things are all symbols of Christmas, but how did they become symbols and what is the meaning behind each one?”
All the Colors of Christmas, Devotional (Focus on the Family) – “designed to help parents lead their family through the Advent season and teach their kids about the great story of God introducing Jesus to the world.”
The Jesse Tree Advent Devotional (Etsy, The Creative Erb)- “This specific devotional booklet merges the Jesse Tree tradition with the four Advent Sundays.”
I’m still not certain what we will do but at some point today we will set up our advent wreath and pick one. 😉
What about you? Any good resources to share?