The Advent Adventure

The Advent Adventure

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I don’t know if it is because of the family, decorations, food or just all the festivities. In all the hustle and bustle of the season, however, the true meaning of Christmas can get lost. That is why we try to teach our children to look at all the symbols of Christmas as ways to remember what it is all about.

This year as we put the angel on top of one of our trees my oldest daughter (7 yrs old)  began to tear up. I asked her if she was alright. She replied that seeing the tree and the angel reminded her of how much she loves Jesus and how much He loves her. She added, that sometimes she forgets but that seeing all the decorations remind her of that. This got my wheels turning, and from that this post was born:  The Advent Adventure!

So, we all know what an Advent calendar is, right? This one is with a twist. It is 25 boxes filled with iconic Christmas symbols. Each has a tie back to Christ. It isn’t deep, just things to get the discussion flowing and our hearts and minds re-focused on Him.

Avent Boxes

Making it is simple. Just grab the items listed or make up some of your own. Then number boxes or sacks 1-25 and fill. Finally, simply open numerically from December 1 through the 25.

 DIY Advent Boxes

Dec. 1 – A small purple candle and the word HOPE. The first candle in the Advent wreath is Hope which invites us to think about the hope we find in Christ Jesus.

Dec. 2 – Evergreen Branch. This helps us to remember the renewed life we find in Him.

Dec. 3 – The Stocking is a symbol that God directs our day-to-day “steps.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. 

Dec. 4 – Angels… The significance of the angels is great. An angel announced the good news to Mary, Joesph and the Shepherds.

Dec. 5 – A Candy Cane is full of symbolism. Read the legend of the candy cane.

Dec. 6 – You can see that the shape of the Christmas Tree is a triangle, reminding us of the Trinity…Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Dec. 7 – I used a Christmas bow to represent Giving Gifts. God gave us the best gift that we could ever ask for. He gave us salvation through his son Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that who so ever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Dec. 8 – The Peace candle is the second candle in the Advent wreath. (It is also a purple candle.) This candle reminds us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Dec. 9 – A white Dove reminds us of God’s promise to Noah, of Mary and Joseph’s offering upon Jesus’ presentation at the temple,  and of the peace we find through knowing Jesus.

Dec 10 – Christmas Greeting Cards are a reminder that we spread God’s peace and love to others. May the Peace of Christ Jesus be with you and your family!

Dec. 11 – Poinsettias are the official flowers of Christmas. This flower gets it’s red color as it begins to die. The redder the color the closer to death. As Jesus surrendered his life on the cross as an atonement for our sins, his blood flowed. His birth that we celebrate at Christmas wouldn’t have any significance without His death and resurrection.

Dec. 12 – Caroling is a favorite tradition of many. It is a way to share the good news of Jesus with other. Hark, the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King!

Dec. 13 – We all deck our tree out with twinkling Christmas Lights. When you see the lights remember that Jesus is the light of the world, and that we are to reflect that light to those around us.

Dec. 14 – Let it snow, Let it Snow, Let it snow!  Snowflakes can remind us of God’s purity. He can also cleanse us and make us fresh through his love.

Dec. 15 – The third Advent candle is pink and know as the candle of Joy. This one should be obvious, so let your kids run with it!

Dec, 16 – Haul out the Holly…which is a prickly plant. But it can be used to symbolize the crown of thorns and drops of blood that Jesus wore during his crucifixion.

Dec. 17 – Wrapping gifts is a great way to reflect on the fact that so long ago in a stable, Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes. She was wrapping the greatest gift ever given!

Dec. 18 – Baking is a family tradition that many of us share. Did you know that Bethlehem literally means “House of Bread?” Fitting, since the Bread Of Life was born there!

Dec. 19 – We decorate our house inside and out for this special occasion. As we prepare our earthly houses with Ornaments, don’t forget that our bodies are the Lord’s temple.  We must do some cleaning and preparing for our eternal home also.

Dec. 20 – Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Hearing the sound of Bells should remind us to listen to God always.

Dec. 21- Nativity Scenes are a great way to pass on to our children the story of Christ’s birth, emphasizing Jesus’ humility.

Dec. 22 – God’s love for us is the reason we have the Christmas holiday. The fourth candle in the Advent wreath is the purple candle of Love.

Dec. 23 – Wise men followed a Star to guide them to the stable where Jesus lay. Today, we have his Word and the Spirit to guide us and direct us.

Dec. 24 – Santa may be a controversial topic in some households, but St. Nicholas was real. Through his love for others we can learn to show charity and compassion for one another.

Dec. 25 – A white Birthday Candle (Christ child candle) helps us to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ:  the true reason for the season!

Nativity

Resources used:

The Adventure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel.

A Circle Of Love  by Caroline Pignat.

Advent.ures by Terry and Rich Steinke.

About Emmalee

Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God's word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs at www.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

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  1. I love this! Thanks for linking up with the “Hearts for Home Blog Hop.” I am featuring this post as one of my favorites. 🙂 Be sure to stop by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button!

  2. Great post! I featured this as one of my favorites this week too from the Heats for Home Blog Hop! Congratulations! http://learningtable.blogspot.com/2013/12/hearts-for-home-blog-hop-45.html

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