FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP RHYTHM
Heavenly Father, Your Son, Jesus, is Your greatest gift to us, a great sign of Your love. Guide us as we walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to Your Son, Jesus. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in You. Come, Lord Jesus; lead all people closer to You. Come and remove the darkness of our world with the light of Your love. Amen.
PRACTICE – WORSHIP
Christmas Eve Worship. Plan on attending one of the Christmas Eve worship services together as a family. As you go, remind everyone who you are worshiping. After the service, ask each of your kids their thoughts on the experience. Ask them if they have any questions.
Hints and Clues. God gave His people many hints and clues about the birth of Jesus throughout the Old Testament. God was helping His people wait for their Savior. Take the opportunity to provide your family hints and clues about the ways you’ll be celebrating Christmas: visits with family, gifts, traditions, activities, etc. Help each member experience the anticipation that comes from waiting. After you have participated in those activities, be sure and remind your children of how God fulfilled each of His prophecies in Jesus!
Secret Gift. Pick a student in your child’s class at school to purchase a gift for. Work as a family to pick out something that will bless this student. Ask the teacher to deliver the gift without anyone knowing who gave it. Encourage each person in your family to contribute to the gift in some way.
Color the Names. Have everyone pick one of the names from Isaiah 9:6 (Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace) and draw a picture that represents that name on a piece of paper; use craft supplies to color and decorate it. Encourage each child to be as creative as they can in decorating their picture. Display the finished pictures where you will see them each day. Use them as a reminder of who Jesus is.
MOMENTS & MEMORIES
Family Puzzle. Work on a Christmas puzzle and keep it on display in your home throughout the holiday season. When you finish the puzzle, write everyone’s names and ages on the outside of the box to remember the year.
Journey to the Stable. Take the Mary, Joseph, and donkey figures from your nativity set and place them as far away from the stable as possible, while still keeping them inside your home. Each day, have one of the kids move them one step closer to the stable as you read the Advent verse for the day. On Christmas Eve, place the pieces in the stable, and read the story of Jesus’ birth.
Christmas Movie Snuggle. Make a snack for everyone. Pick a Christmas movie for your family to watch together. Have everyone get in their pajamas, snuggle up, and watch it together.
Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent by Arnold Ytreelde
Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Family Devotional by Marty Machowski
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