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Family Advent Calendar Christmas Readings and Activities

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Christmas. A time to remember the day when God came to be with us in a body that could hug us, cry for us, speak verbally to us, kiss the cheeks of children, look into our eyes, wash our feet, give us food, heal our hurts, and call our names.

Our royal and holy God born as a baby. The breath of heaven breathing in our midst.

Banned by the innkeeper. Taking his first breath in a stable. Curled up in a feed trough cradle.

The most extraordinary event in human history. A day that God kept his promise – and the reason we have Christmas.

In the days leading up to Christmas (advent), we focus on God’s incredible gift and goodness. Awe creeps into us. We get ready for the party.

Advent Calendar, Christmas

 In our home, a cute wooden advent calendar helps us prepare our hearts for the party. It sits all cozy in our kitchen its happy little boxes filled with candy and daily scriptures or activities. Feel free to use these with your family as you get ready for the party too.

“Cherishing the One Who Came For Us”

Family Advent Calendar

Day One

The Messiah will come to crush Satan . . .

Old Testament Prophecy: “So the Lord God said to the serpent (Satan) . . . “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”  (God is promising to send Jesus to rescue and protect us. Jesus is our hero who will crush Satan.) Genesis 3:14-15

Day Two

The Messiah will come to crush Satan . . .

New Testament Fulfillment:  “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death . . . that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” 1 John 3:8

Day Three

Make a card, write a letter, or draw a picture for someone who needs encouragement . . . someone in the hospital, a child whose parents have recently divorced, or a recovering soldier, etc.

For soldiers, send to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Day Four

He will be a descendant of Abraham . . .

Old Testament Prophecy:  “I will make you (Abraham) exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:6-7

“But God said, “Yes, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” Genesis 17:19

Day Five

He will be a descendant of Abraham . . .

New Testament Fulfillment:  “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.” Matthew 1:17

Day Six

Make a cup of hot cocoa. Have each family member count out 14 marshmallows and put them in their cup. Review the Old Testament prophecy, recall each of the 14 generations in Jesus genealogy, and discuss the fact that God always keeps his promises. (Read Numbers 23:19; Psalm 145:13)

Day Seven

A child will be born . . .

Old Testament Prophecy:  “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Day Eight

A child will be born . . .

New Testament Fulfillment:  “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11

Day Nine

In honor of Jesus’ birth, find a way to help other babies. Go through all of the purses and change jars in your house. Collect all the dimes and donate them to the March of Dimes. Or go to the store and shop for baby items to donate to your local pregnancy center.

Day Ten

Read Zechariah’s song in Luke 1:67-79. Find a way to bring a smile to someone’s face today. Why not see how many people you can bring joy to with random acts of kindness. (Help someone load their bags into their car, hand out gift cards to complete strangers at Wal-Mart, give a smile to someone . . .)

Day Eleven

God sent his son to make us part of his family . . .

“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

Day Twelve

To thank God for sending Jesus to adopt us into his family, check out some ministries that help orphaned and vulnerable children. Determine a way to help one of them by sponsoring a child, making a financial donation, praying for their ministry, or donating supplies. Some great ministries you can help: Watoto Child Care Ministries; Compassion International; World Vision; Danita’s Children; As Our Own; Tiny Hands International; Children’s HopeChest.

Day Thirteen

He will be born in the town of Bethlehem and will be from the tribe of Judah . . .

Old Testament Prophecy:  “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clan of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times . . .” Micah 5:2-5

Day Fourteen

He will be born in the town of Bethlehem and will be from the tribe of Judah . . .

New Testament Fulfillment: “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world . . . So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:1, 4-7

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked,  “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” Matthew 2:1-6

“For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah . . .” Hebrews 7:14

Day Fifteen

Say at least one nice thing to affirm and encourage each of your friends and family today.

Day Sixteen

Kings will bring him gifts and fall down and worship him . . .

Old Testament Prophecy:  “The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts.” Psalm 72:10

Day Seventeen

Kings will bring him gifts and fall down and worship him . . .

New Testament Fulfillment: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem . . . On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. They opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Matthew 2:1-11

What gifts can you give to Jesus? In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus told us that when we help the hungry, the thirsty, the foreigner, the poor, the prisoner, and the sick – it’s just like we are helping him.

Day Eighteen

Do you know someone who’s a single mom (or a new mom)? Plan something nice to  do for her. (Bake bread for her family, give her some luxurious lotion, buy her a gift card to a local grocery store, anonymously pay one of her bills, babysit her kids so she can go shopping, wrap gifts for her, etc.)

Day Nineteen

God shall dwell among his people . . .

Old Testament Prophecy:  “Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the Lord.” Zechariah 2:10

Day Twenty

God shall dwell among his people . . .

New Testament Fulfillment: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Day Twenty-One

Give the gift of your time. Be present with someone today just as God chose to be present with us. Visit residents at a nursing home and hand out candy canes, help at a food pantry, volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bell as a family, or invite someone to your house for dinner (or cookies) who may not have family close by.

Day Twenty-Two

He will be a Shepherd to his people . . .

Old Testament Prophecy:  “Behold, the Lord God will come with might, with His arm ruling for Him . . . Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” Isaiah 40:10-11

Day Twenty-Three

He will be a Shepherd to his people . . .

New Testament Fulfillment:  “I (Jesus) am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Check out the Heifer Project website. Consider buying an animal to help someone in need.

Day Twenty-Four

Attend a Christmas Eve service at a local church. When you arrive home tonight, turn off all lamps and overhead lights. Plug in the Christmas tree lights. Light a fire and/or a candle. Read the entire Christmas story together as a family.

Day Twenty-Five

Bake a birthday cake and sing happy birthday to Jesus. Show love to everyone you spend time with today just as God showed his love to us through the birth of his son.

For a printable of these readings and activities, click here: 

Family Advent Calendar

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  1. Kayla Clark says:

    Love this! Can u email me the word file? Thanks!

  2. zefanias Chihulume says:

    THanks Lisa, this is a good way of ministering to people, we enjoyed reading and we will continue to enjoy it all month long.

  3. Barbette says:

    Hi Lisa, I would love to have this in a word file. Thank you! Barbette

  4. Jamie says:

    This is great Lisa, thank you!!

  5. These are wonderful. Just wonderful!

  6. Lisa Funaro says:

    I would love a word document of this, I would love to set this up for my godchildren!!

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