Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and November is almost at an end. That means that Advent season is quickly approaching! This is such a wonderful time to reflect and focus on God’s special gift to us during the busy Christmas season.
The definition of advent comes from the Latin word “adventus” , which means “arrival” or “coming,” particularly of something having great importance. Advent is a time of reflection on the arrival of the birth of Jesus and a great opportunity to draw your family closer to Him.
Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day, or the Sunday that falls the closest to November 30th, and it lasts until Christmas Eve. It is fitting to use the Christmas season to put our focus on Jesus and away from the commercialism of the actual holiday.
I always remember having different types of advent calendars when I was a little girl. We would countdown the days together until Christmas and it was so exciting and memorable. Each sibling got to take turns opening the little box for a treat, or taking a special ornament out to hang on the calendar. I enjoy doing these countdowns with my own family now. Yet I want to make sure that we keep the emphasis on Jesus and not the excitement or countdown for just presents.
FREE Advent Printables and Ideas:
You might want to check out this post for DIY Advent ideas:
Fun instant downloads we have created that are great to use during Christmas and Christmas break in your homeschool:
Christmas Foods Around the World Guided Drawing Activity – this fun Christmas themed geography unit will take your children on an adventure around the world. They will learn about the special and unique food traditions of other countries while writing and drawing about what they have learned!
Christmas Story Charades – This printable set of Christmas story charades will give your family the chance to act out sixteen parts of the Christmas story along with corresponding verses from Matthew and Luke. What a fun way to remember the Bible story by acting it out! These printable cards come in color and black and white.
These are our favorite books to read during Advent:
Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent
Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent The Advent Storybook: 25 Bible Stories Showing Why Jesus CameWelcome Baby Jesus: Advent and Christmas Reflections for Families The Way to the Manger: A Family Advent DevotionalGod With Us: A Family Advent Celebration
Here are even more Advent ideas you will love:
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!