Advent 2017

If you’ve been following along with this blog on any of our channels (YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter) you will have noticed that I have been posting, or trying to post, daily devotionals for this Advent season. As such, there’s not a lot of writing to be done in terms of devotionals following up from those.

What I’d rather do, unless you all tell me that you want a compilation of written words of the devotionals that I’ve been doing, is to have one practical thing that you can do to talk about these different aspects of the Christmas story with you kids or other family members. Just little things that you might want to do each day or as a one off in order to bring the Nativity Story to life.

Resources

Before I go any further, I want to point out to those of you who are parents, a great resource on YouTube from Saddleback Kids. These guys have done a whole series of animated bible stories, and they are awesome! I’ve linked the first one below, and you’ll be able to find the others from there:

The Story of Christmas (Mary and Joseph) – YouTube

Light It Up!

On the theme of hope, there are a lot of different things that you can do. One of the easiest is to get an Advent Candle and light it for a little while each day so that you can mark the time until the birth of Jesus. The ones that we use can be found here:
https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/white-advent-candle-printed-with-gold-125606.html

It is a way to remember that Jesus is the light of the world, and that is one of the main aspects of our hope in Him. The light of the world is coming and he brings light and life to the world. You might want to incorporate reading of verses about light into this particular practice as it will help to illustrate what the world was hoping, waiting, and expectant for on that first Advent. Some of these verses might be:
John 1:1-7
John 8:12
1 John 1:5-7
Revelation 21:23

Another thing that you might want to do is to light an advent wreath. These have 5 candles, one for each week of Advent, and then one for Christmas Day. There are readings of for each week that go along with them.

All you would need to do would be to pick a day and then, maybe just before dinner, read a part of the story and have one of the kids light the candle, then let it burn during dinner.

Or you could talk with your kids about the lights on the Christmas Tree that represent Jesus, the light of the world coming to set us free and give us true hope.

There are just a couple of things that you can do to bring the message of Christmas alive for your family this year.

Question: What is the one thing that you do each year to tell yourself the true story of Christmas?

Featured image credit:
Gareth Harper

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