Monday, December 8, 2008

More on Advent for Little Ones

I came across this idea last year, and although I'm not doing it with my children this year, (-they're still too young, maybe when they're 4 or 5,) I wanted to share it with y'all. I know today is the 8th, but I feel it is never too late to slow down and spend time sharing with our children the real meaning of Christmas. You could do 2 a day to catch up, if you want to incorporate it into your daily celebration. Or, take a couple days to gather all the items and start on the 12th. Sing the 12 days of Christmas and then open the first 12 boxes, explaining how these gifts relate to Jesus, God's most precious gift to us. Use the idea of your Advent calendar, and each day as you mark down the days, let your little ones open up a small wrapped present, with the following gifts inside. Or this year, I know Target is selling all different types of Advent/Christmas count down houses with a little door for each day. Like this one here.....

You could place the items in there for the children to discover everyday. I don't know about you, but I get excited about new ideas I can do with my lovies. Anyway I can share the deeper meaning of it all with them and put a little Jesus in their lives, I'm there. Anyway, here it is! Enjoy.....

1. Quarter
2. Grape
3. Smiley sticker
4. gummy fish
5. birthday candle
6. Bell
7. fish crackers
8. Cotton balls
9. piece of a map
10. Soap
11. Heart sticker
12. Cross
13. Packet of salt
14. Sand
15. Flowers(silk)
16. Raisins
17. Seeds
18. Christmas carol
19. Small rock
20. Crumpled foil
21. Mustard seed
22. Dove
23. Small scrap of woolly material
24. Blue marble
25. Picture of a baby.

December 1 - A quarter! That equals 25 cents. But 25 also stands for the number of days till Christmas, when God gave us His best present. Jesus told about one woman's gift and the way she gave it. Read: Mark 12:41-44
December 2 - Grape Gum! Grapes make jelly and juice, raisins and wine. But Jesus didn't need grapes to perform His first miracle. Read: John 2:1-10
December 3 - Here's a smile! A smile usually expresses happiness. Jesus gave us many instructions to keep us happy. Read: Matthew 5:1-12.December
December 4 - Fish! Well, if you were surprised to find these fish, wait till you read the story today! Others were surprised to find fish, too. Read: Luke 5:4-7
December 5 - A birthday candle? As you know, we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus' birthday. However, Jesus talked about something else that is related to this candle. Light! Read: Matthew 5:14-16
December 6 - You could make some noise with this. But it would not have bothered a certain man--until he met Jesus. Read: Mark 7:31-37
December 7 - These would not go very far if you were really hungry! But Jesus could make much out of little. Surely He knew how to multiply! Read: Matthew 14:13-21December 8 - These cotton balls would be helpful in a thunder storm, wouldn't they? We could use them for ear plugs to muffle the loud noises that thunder makes. But we know someone who doesn't need cotton. Jesus can control the weather. Read: Matthew 8:23-27
December 9 - People needing to use the other parts of this map are in trouble! Don't you get lost today! Read: John 14:1-6
December 10 - It's soap. Do you like to wash? Behind your ears? Washing turned out to be a happy time for a man who met Jesus. Read: John 9:1-7
December 11 - Hearts. Wordlessly, they speak of love, don't they? Jesus spoke some commands about love. Read: Matthew 25:17-41
December 12 - We use the cross as a symbol, representing Jesus. Do you know why? Read: Phillipians 2:1-11
December 13 - Ordinary salt. Yes, Jesus related salt to us and our behavior. He also gave us some advice. Read: Matthew 5:14 and Colossians 4:6. (Notice that He doesn't recommend pepper!).
December 14 - Don't try to eat this! It's sand. It reminds us that Jesus knows something about architecture, about buildings--and building lives. See His instructions: Matthew 7:24-29.
December 15 - Flowers are pretty, aren't they? Jesus used flowers to teach us a reassuring lesson. Read: Matthew 6:28-34.
December 16 - Raisins! Many children are given raisins instead of candy for a snack. That's because they are a health-promoting and delicious fruit. Jesus told us how we can produce good fruit. Read: John 15:1-5.
December 17 - Jesus told a story about seeds that man planted. Then He explained it, revealing its deep meaning. Read: Matthew 13:3-8 and Matthew 13:18-23.
December 18 -Christmas is just about a week away. And here is an appropriate song. Sing it loudly! Read: Psalms 100.
December 19 - A hard stone! Can you change this stone into a piece of bread? Do you think Jesus could? Jesus was asked to do just that. Do know how He handled it? Read: Matthew 4:1-4.
December 20 - Try to smooth out this piece of aluminum foil and use it as a mirror. It's hard to see your reflection plainly, isn't it? Many circumstances are hard to understand, but someday everything will be clear. Read: 1 Corinthians 13:12.
December 21 - The mustard seed is the smallest there is! When it sprouts, it grows into one of the largest plants! See what Jesus said. Read: Matthew 17:20.
December 22 - We've learned that the cross represents Christ, but do you know what the dove stands for? Read: Matthew 3:13-17.
December 23 - The threads that compose this fabric came from the wool of a sheep. Jesus called Himself the good shepherd. Do you know who His sheep are? Read: John 10:7-18.
December 24 - A marble! Do you know what is sometimes called the "Big Blue Marble"? The world. God made the world for us. What does God continue doing to the world? And who is the world? Read: John 3:16.
December 25 - Isn't this baby cute? When he was born, he made a whole family happy. Jesus was born a baby, too. He came to make the whole world happy. Read: Luke 2:1-20. Enjoy your celebration today. Continue to learn about Jesus--and love Him forever!
Blessings my dear friends and I hope you're having a very Merry Christmas season!


luvmy4sons said...

I don't have little ones any more but we still have a nativity calendar-quilted where we make the scene one item at a time while we count down to Christmas. The boys still take their turn each day to put up a piece. This was a lovely idea! Maybe grand children!

Pearl said...

Hi Tiffany... What great ideas for those needing and wanting Advent Calendars! I do not use them anymore... but we have fond memories of the past... What the boys loved doing the most, in regard to Advent Calendar Count Downs, was to make a paper garland chain with 25 links... each day they removed a link... I miss the magical sparkle in a child's eyes during the Holidays... Hope everything's been going well for you... God bless...

~hugs 'n prayers~


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Christy said...

I love this!!! I tried to do Advent last year and flopped miserably because the devotion series I used was so long and intense-Laura Grace didn't enjoy it at all.

This year I have felt strange though NOT doing anything.

I am copying and saving this!!

CrazyCarellis said...

This is wonderful Tiffany! I'm going to copy this. My parents bought us an Advent Calendar/Christmas House this year and it will work perfectly to do this with.