4 Meaningful Ways To Get Your Kids Ready For Advent
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4 Meaningful Ways To Get Your Kids Ready For Advent

I remember my sisters and I were always excited about Christmas as kids. In fact, we looked forward to new clothes, shoes, the special delicacies, family visits etc. We looked forward to stories we were going to tell our friends about Christmas.

For us Christmas meant partying, fireworks, loud music from speakers, uncontrolled eating and unrestrained drinking especially our favorites, the list is endless…

But now the commercialization of Christmas has gone ballistic. It is a whole new level.

Now that I am a mom, I am left wondering what my kids would think about Christmas. I ponder on the importance of the things we do at this time without feeling overly critical.

May be our children thoughts are not far from the hype of shopping, the inviting decorations, family and friends gatherings, school presentations, church programs, amid other activities. I can’t tell! But hold on, who are we kidding?

In our hearts, each of us know what Christmas should mean. We know it should be about Jesus. But do we live it out?

Do the activities we engage in line up with what we believe?

Are we reflecting the true meaning of Christmas to our kids?

It is safe to assume many of our children know the story of Joseph and Mary. But many do not know the true relevance of Christ birth. Many children do not understand the purpose of the birth of Christ. Often I hear mom friends say they are too young. But I beg to differ.

I believe educating my children on all else but my faith is hypocrisy. 

Going forward folks, what if we chose a different Christmas tradition this year? 

Christmas is all about Jesus. We should keep this way. When we do things outside of Jesus this season it becomes mere festivity. 

4 Meaningful Ways To Ready Your Kids For Advent

Here are four meaningful ways to help your kids prepare for advent.

Show Them, Jesus. Ensure every day leading up to the Christmas day your children meet Jesus in the scriptures. In our upcoming Family devotional series, every day verses focus on aspect our Lord Jesus. While you share about Jesus daily, try to focus on something He did or relevance of the study. 

Take your children through an Advent Bible Devotional. Choose a different family gathering spot. Sit around the fireplace, on the bed, under the high table if you like. Try our “A Christmas for Us“.

Choose Family Activities that reinforce what they have learnt.  There are lots of activities in this season. You have a lot of ideas to choose from. Let me stress that you choose what corresponds to with your Advent studies, what is pocket friendly and most of all what involves everyone. The upcoming daily devotional includes activities the everyone in the family can do.

Family Advent Prayers. Make your kids pray specific prayers in this season. Find a box and make everyone write a special prayer, add a list of people to pray for, specific needs etc. Choose a specific time in the mornings or evenings to make your prayers.

Miracles happen!

I honestly don’t want your family to miss anything!

  • I am just now realizing how meaningful advent is. This is beautifully written and wonderfully welcomed by the Literacy Musing Mondays audience!

  • We have a crib up in the house and talk a lot about Jesus and the nativity story. It is very important children understand the origins of Chritmas. #TwinklyTuesday

  • We were just talking with our teenagers about this last night. I was shocked to hear that in their Religious Education class they were not discussing the birth of Jesus and the story of the 3 wise men. I’m so glad we as a family covered this when they were young and spent time reading the miracles of Jesus.

    Ellen x
    http://www.elfeelgoodsvintage.uk
    #TwinklyTuesday

  • This looks like a good study! I’ve signed up and am looking forward to your suggestions and hints! Bless you, sister! 🙂

    • 5 years ago

    A wonderful way to prepare for Christmas and the incarnation of our Savior. When my children were little we read advent books every year that had scripture. Thanks for taking on this meaningful project! And thanks for linking up at TrekkingThru.

  • I have older kids now, but even still, it’s always good to make sure we have a sacred perspective of this time of year. As mine were growing up, some years we did better with this than others. Thankful for the baby King who is worthy of all our worship. Merry Christmas, Ifeoma. 🙂 xoxo

    • Merry Christmas to you Brenda.
      Thank you for stopping by today.

  • Friend, did 52 Commands ever reach you? I’ve sent out twice. xoxo

    • Sadly, my friend I have not received any. Would speak to via messenger.
      God Bless and thank you for your generous offer.

  • I have loved celebrating Advent with my family, knowing that the twenty five days will give me a lot longer time to communicate all the rich theological truth behind the Christmas story.

    • 5 years ago

    I love this time of preparation and the focus it brings to why we really celebrate Christmas. Praying your series and your family are blessed as you seek Jesus!

  • Dear Ifeoma,
    These are great and uplifting ideas! I am excited and honored to be sharing this series with you my friend! Love and Hugs!

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