A fabulous way to bring Jesus home is by using an Advent calendar. According to “A Brief History of Advent Calendars,” by Mental Floss, Advent dates back to the Mid-19th Century when German Protestants made chalk marks on a door, or lit candles to count the days leading up to Christmas.
Today, an Advent calendar might be Christian, or secular, silly or serious, but they are always fun to use, especially with kids.
One of the most wonderful traditions my family and I established starting when the kids were young, was using an Advent calendar to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. There is so much Santa in our kids’ lives, I really wanted some of their focus to be on the real “reason for the season.” I got an Advent calendar that had pockets for each day of Advent. It had a cute mouse that was moved by the kids day-to-day to keep track of the days before Christmas, but I created little cards that had Bible verses of the events of Jesus’ birth, and cards that had things the kids had to do for that particular day and I put one into each pocket. For example, one card would tell the kids to read Matthew 1:18-25. The next day, the card might tell the kids that they had to name at least two things about their brother/sister that they LIKE.
The majority of the Christmas story is found in: Matthew 1: 18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 2: 1-7, 8-14, and 15-20; Matthew 2: 1-12, and Luke 2: 21-33. Look at these verses, and decide how much should be read to, or by, your child each time. Add in fun things, and things that show consideration and appreciation of each other and you as their parent/grandparent. Choose a time of day that you can do this and make it a habit. Then see how your kids actually like this tradition!
If you need suggestions for what to do between the verse readings, let me know. I would love to help come up with fun things to do!
Also, download Billy Graham’s FREE Advent Devotions online, at https://billygraham.org