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Advent 2017 - The Plan.

Category: This is What Happens When Life Happens to Us Published: Friday, 01 December 2017 Written by The Kiwi

It really has been an awesome ride, this family life. One of the better things that have happened was our decision in 2011 to create an Advent tradition in December. We got a number of ideas from a number of places (Everyday Emmanuel - Jelly Telly, Jeremy Pryor - Paths of Return, to name a couple) and mashed them together with our own ideas.

We started with the intention of emphasising the Jesus birth narrative over Christmas for our kids, but we didn't realise how it would make Christmas so much more meaningful for us, too. 

It's just really fun!

So, we thought we'd share here our plan for 2017 below. Just a plan. If you have any ideas you want to share, let us know! We love doing new things, too!

Yes, yes, the formatting sucks. Can't summon the motivation to fix it. Hope it's at least readable.

 Advent Nativity Scene 2017

Friday 1 December         

Put up tree.


Saturday 2 December        

Make a paper Christmas tree. 

Big Christmas Question:  What do Christmas trees have to do with Jesus?



Sunday 3 December        

Advent Candle Hope.

Light candle.

Talk about how Jesus brought hope for the OT people and brings hope for us.

Read Psalm 130 (esp vv5-8) Shout out “hope” when you hear me read the word ‘hope’.”

Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel.

Activity: Make shirts which each letter in “Hope” on front. Pose as superheroes in a group to spell, “HOPE”.


Monday 4 December       

Put up stable and lights

Read Bethlehem Town (LostSheep)

Send presents and cards to Grandma and Grandad in NZ.                               

What are candy canes all about?  Lets find out.


Tuesday 5 December      

Put Palm Trees, Birds and Nests on stable.

We’ve been talking about yeast.  What’s it all about?


Wednesday 6 December - St Nicholas Day

Vegetales St Nick Video

Gold coin chocolates, and make a gold coin donation


Thursday 7 December        

Sheep and Lambs.

Children draw, laminate, put in stable.

Read book, “Romona and the 3 wise persons”. Found in this book.

Make Bonbons


Friday 8 December


Dress Kylie up as Mary. Take photo, laminate, put in stable.

Go on a Christmas lights tour.


Saturday 9 December        

Big Christmas Question: Why do we call it Christmas?


Sunday 10 December

Advent Candle Peace.

Light candle.

TalkWhat is Peace?

Read Isaiah 9:6 Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace”.

What do you think that means?

How did he bring peace?

How is he going to bring peace?

Song: Hark the Herald Angel Sing

Activity: Light candles and put them in the shape of the word “PEACE”.


Monday 11 December      

Dress Jack up as Joseph. Take photo, laminate, put in stable


Tuesday 12 December


Book/video “Dave the Donkey”.

Explore the route Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem.


Wednesday 13 December     


Put in stable.


Thursday 14 December      


Put star on tree.

Read Matt 2:1-12 in Kylie’s or Jack’s Bible.

Make a wooden star for the front yard (Pinterest).


Friday 15 December         


Candy Canes on tree.

Draw/dress up as shepherds and photograph.

Put in stable.


Saturday 16 Dec       

Big Christmas Question: What are the 12 days of Christmas?


Sunday 17 December      

Advent Candle Joy.

Light candle.

Talk What is joy? Is it the same as happiness? What about Jesus coming gives us joy?

Read Luke 2:8-20 The angels told the shepherds about news that would bring joy!

Song: Joy to the World

Activity: Make video with kids riding around house on bike, and shouting “Joy!” as they ride by the



Monday 18 December     


Put angels in stable.



Tuesday 19 December    


Draw camels, laminate, put in stable (for wise men).

Make ca(ra)mel.



Wednesday 20 December     

Wise Men

Colin Buchanan DVD, song “Magi”

Draw/make wise men.

Put in stable



Thursday 21 December      



Friday 22 December       



Satuday 23 December       

Big Christmas Question: When was Jesus born?


Sunday 24 December      

Advent Candle Love

Light candle.

Talk Why did God send Jesus into the world?

Read John 3:16. Why does this verse say Jesus was sent into the world? How do you feel knowing what

God’s motivation was?

Song: Love Came Down at Christmas.


Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.

Activity: Paint the word love with our feet on a large piece of newsprint.

Activity: Paint the word 'love' with our feet on a large piece of newsprint.


Monday 25 December     

Advent Candle Christ.

Light candle.


Revise Christmas Candles.

What was your favourite thing we did during Advent?

Today we celebrate the most important thing – the most important One.

Read 1 John 4:7-11

Put baby Jesus in manger in stable.

Song: Away in a manger.

Open presents!

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