I used to think Advent was just a time to punch out little cardboard calendars in hopes of finding stale brown chocolate. But later I discovered it’s SO much more than that…and it will be starting soon!!!!!
The word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, which means “arrival” or “appearance”. It’s not just about the anticipation of Christ’s birthday either; it also describes the waiting for his return (merriam-webster).
It would be safe to assume, then, that Advent is important. But how do we get our kids more excited about the arrival of Jesus than unwrapping LEGOs? The answer I found was actually quite simple: It’s by combining Scripture with fun. (It’s possible, I promise.)
I took verses from the Bible and fused them with sugar. Kidding…(sort of). There’s whipped cream Santa beards, hot cocoa toasts, paper crafts, and more. Plus, each day has Scripture and reflection questions that will get ALL of your kids talking about Jesus and how they can live more like him.
Advent is literally the only thing my kids talk about year after year. Not the presents or the cookies. Just Advent. I mean, look at how excited my youngest daughter is here – ha! (To her defense, this was the year I used shaving cream instead of whipped cream for the Santa beards. Not the tastiest option.)
You get the point. Gifts and cookies and parties are great, but we don’t want that to ever overshadow the most precious gift of all!
So I hope you enjoy this FREE Advent guide and pick out a few activities to do…or do all of them! As you spend time with your family celebrating the arrival of Jesus, just watch as your home feels more joy-filled, because he really is the reason for the season.
Jonna Meidal is a mother to three wild and zany daughters and a wife to the funniest man on the planet. She is a writer, educator, birth doula, and travel junkie who can’t get through the day without Jesus and popcorn. You can read more of what she’s been up to at jonnameidal.com or follow her adventures on Instagram @jonnameidal.