Do you celebrate the Advent season? As far as the church year goes, Advent technically began yesterday but many families choose to start Advent activities on December 1st! We celebrate Advent each year, the remembrance of the time when old believers looked to the coming of the Messiah and also rejoicing in the promise of Jesus’ second coming!
Here are six of our favorite advent devotionals that you will love doing with your family. They are very budget friendly and a great way to create a memorable holiday season with your children.
It’s not too late to get started! In fact, we’re beginning Truth in the Tinsel, one of the devotionals I’ve suggested below, beginning on December 1st over on Instagram!
Six Meaningful Advent Devotionals for Families
Truth in the Tinsel
I’ve talked much about Truth in the Tinsel in the past, and you can find more details about it here as well as an exclusive discount code for you! With a printable Advent chain, activity ideas and a devotional for each day, you can go as simple or as “complex” as you’d like!
Jesus Light of the World – Praying the Scriptures through Advent
This devotional by my sweet friend Candace is a low-key, doesn’t-take-time-to-prepare devotional for families. Each day you will read one verse that discusses JESUS as LIGHT and how He combats the darkness in our lives. She also has some resources included if you wish to have your children join in!
Christmas Story and Jesse Tree Lego Challenge
My friend Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker offers a Jesse Tree challenge, which includes printable ornaments and is similar to the path of Advent. It includes building prompts and activities that you can do with your Legos or other building bricks!
A new Advent family devotional from the author of Jotham’s Journey! Fourth in a set of Advent adventure books for families, Ishtar’s Odyssey follows the ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man as their caravan follows a star across the desert. Ishtar would just as soon stay in the comfort of the palace, but slowly he learns that there’s much to see, do, and learn in this world that can’t be experienced in school. He eventually meets Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha as he follows his father and uncles in their search for a newborn king.
We love Arnold Ytreeide’s books and own several. Younger children can listen in, but we find that our kids started paying attention and getting into the stories around age 6.
As an idea, you can read this book with your children and then read each of these 15 Advent Scriptures (free printable included!) that I’ve provided for you, which go along with each candle of the Advent wreath!
Other books in this series:
Focus on the Family Advent Calendars
Focus on the Family has several Advent calendars and devotionals available to download for free (and a couple you can purchase) on their website! I’m eyeing the Adventures in Odyssey calendar for next year!
Everyday Emmanuel, from What’s in the Bible (a video series that teaches kids the history and truth of the Bible) a fun, easy-to-use family Christmas Countdown experience designed to help families make the most of Christmas and better understand the true meaning of the season.
Christmastime can become overrun with to-do lists and errands. This year, you can break the stressful cycle and create meaningful time together as a family by celebrating advent with Everyday Emmanuel!
Free Printable Advent Reading Plan
Kim from Not Consumed has wonderful products for Christian families that are well-thought out and well-designed! You can download a printable Advent reading plan at her blog!
Here are some additional ideas for Advent and Christmas activities for your family!