Friday, November 25, 2011

Advent Tree with Verses and Pictures

Well now that Thanksgiving is over, I am excited to officially be able to look toward Christmas.  One thing we do to focus on Christ during this season is celebrate Advent.  We will light the candles and read the verses, but to add a little something more tangible for the kids we convert our (now bare) Thanksgiving Tree into an Advent Tree!



I have read a few variations of how the weeks during Advent are to be broken up, but was never quite satisfied with how it all fit together, so what I did was go through all the typical Advent verses and create the following list.  You will see the date first in the row, but of course there is nothing sacred about the dates I chose =)

Prophecy Candle (remembering how Christ was pointed to prophetically)

(12/1) Day 1 - 2 Peter 1:19-21
(12/2) Day 2 - Isaiah 11:1-2
(12/5) Day 3 - Isaiah 9:1-7 & Matthew 4:13-16
(12/6) Day 4 - Isaiah 7:13-14 & Matthew 1:22-23
(12/7) Day 5 - Micah 5:2 & Matthew 2:5-6
(12/8) Day 6 - Malachi 3:1, Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 & Mark 1:1-11
(12/9) Day 7 - Galatians 4:4-3 & Ephesians 1:9-12

Preparation Candle (remembering how the stage was set exactly right for Christ to come)

(12/12) Day 1 - John 1:1-9
(12/13) Day 2 - Luke 1:5-25
(12/14) Day 3 - Luke 1:57-66
(12/15) Day 4 - Luke 1:67-80
(12/16) Day 5 - Luke 2:1-3 & Micah 5:2

Angles Candle (remembering how the angles proclaimed the good news)

(12/19) Day 1 - Luke 1:26-38
(12/20) Day 2 - Matthew 1:18-25
(12/21) Day 3 - Luke 2:8-15

Birth Candle (remembering the birth of Christ)

(12/22) Day 1 - Luke 2:1-7
(12/23) Day 2 - Luke 2:15-20
(12/24) Day 3 - Matthew 2:1-12

Jesus Candle (remembering how Christ is the light of the world)

Christmas Day - John 8:12

I collected/made pictures to go with each of the days and cut them out and put string through them to make them like ornaments for our Advent Tree (see below to download).  Each day we add an ornament to the tree and read the verses.  This year I will have lesson plans to go with each week including an activity of some sort to go with each of the days, a weekly memory verse, and a song to learn/memorize each week.  I will share these (hopefully a week at a time) with you starting in a few days so that you can celebrate Christ along with us if you'd like!

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I look forward to celebrating Christ with you this Advent season.  I would love to hear how you point to Christ in your celebrations during this Christmas time.  Please share!

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12 comments:

  1. Fabulous idea! We do an advent wreath/candles on Sundays before Christmas, but I like how this is a daily reading.

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  2. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing the details. Hopping in from HHH!

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  3. I have a feeling this will be added to our readings at night. Our family will love this schedule as a way to prepare our hearts and focus on Christ! PS I am amazed at your ability to make my button fit. I may never get all those skills down, but I am inspired!! Warm blessings :)

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  4. Thanks, Ladies!

    Jacqueline, changing the button size is just a simple change of the HTML code. If you ever want to know, just send me an email =)

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  5. What a great idea - thanks for sharing! Your kids are so blessed to have a Mom who is pointing them to the birthday boy all season long! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
    Beth =-)

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  6. such a great idea, thank you!!

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  7. You're welcome, Beth and Lori! Thanks for visiting =)

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  8. Great idea! We are doing something similiar--feel free to check it out at
    http://missmoe-thesearethedaysofmylife.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-advent-count-down.html

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  9. Thank you for sharing at Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!!! You will be featured tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! It's an old post, but one about a topic that I love =)

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