Advent Ideas! Try These DIY Advent Boxes

One of our Advent traditions is me hiding these Advent boxes I made for Anya a few years back. Basically, these were just different cardboard shaped boxes I got from Michaels that I painted red and green. Then I cut out Christmas scrap book paper and pasted it on top with stick on numbers and Christmas embellishments. She loves them! I put little trinkets in them and hide them around the house every day until Christmas!

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Our Advent Tree and Traditions!

In our home Advent has become a tradition and it is how we keep focused on Christ during the Christmas season. Celebrating Christmas is more than decorations, gifts, and cookies it is a time to reflect on Christ and his birth. Advent is a wonderful and fun way to prepare our family’s hearts and minds for Christmas and to stay Christ-centered. We celebrate Christ’s birth in a few different ways, such as an Advent calendar, Advent boxes, and last year I decided to put up an Advent tree on our porch. This is a new tradition added on to our old ones that I’m loving! We also light the Advent candles and read scriptures at dinner (I’ll post a pic of our candles this week) Here are a few pictures of what we do here to celebrate!

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This is a simple tree I have on my porch that has become the Advent Tree! In our house we have a fresh pine tree, but since we want to do this every year I bought a tree last year and we decorated it very simply with burlap, white lights and Advent envelope holders with the scripture inside. Each night we take one of the scriptures and read it at dinner. I also have a nativity scene on our porch.

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We’ve had this calendar for years! I put chocolates inside and there are manger figurines in a few of the boxes that we take out leading up to Christmas.

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I made these Advent Boxes for Anya at least 4 years ago and they are one of her favorite things! I put little treats in them and hide them around the house each day.

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How do you celebrate Advent? What are your family’s traditions? I would love to hear how you stay focused on Christ during Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advent Scriptures Days 5-8

I’m way behind, mainly because my daughter is in the Nutcracker and life has been busy and exhausting. We are still reading our scriptures and celebrating though even with half closed eyes! I hope you are enjoying and reflecting on our greatest gift! Here are the scriptures we’ve read in the past days.

Advent Day 5

Micha 5:2

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Advent Day 6

Isaiah 7:14

” Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and  will call him Immanuel.”

Advent Day 7

Jeremiah 33:14-16

 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

“‘In those days and at that time
    I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
    he will do what is just and right in the land.
In those days Judah will be saved
    and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

Advent Day 8

Matthew 1:18-25

“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”).

 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

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Advent day 5 Micah 5:2

Micah 5:2

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Advent Day 3 Isaiah 40:9-11

Isaiah 40:9-11

You who bring good news to Zion,
    go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[a]
    lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
    say to the towns of Judah,
    “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

Advent Day 2 Isaiah 11:1-3

Isaiah 11:1-3

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

Advent Day 1- Isaiah 40:1-5

The Prophecy

Day 1 Isaiah 40:1-5

Comfort, comfort my people,
    says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
    that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
    double for all her sins.

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord[a];
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.[b]
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Celebrate Advent!

Christmas, ahh don’t you love it! The presents, the tree, the food, the fun and the priceless excitement in your children’s eyes on Christmas morning. It is a spectacular time of year. During all of the hoopla it is easy to loose sight of the real reason we are celebrating Christmas, which is the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Years ago,  I made it my mission that in our family we acknowledge and praise Jesus during the days leading up to Christmas. So I decided that Advent would become one of our holiday traditions. If you don’t already celebrate Advent, I encourage you to try it with your own kids. Here’s a quick rundown of what Advent is and what you’ll need.

What is Advent

Advent means, “the coming or the arrival.” It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. This year it begins on Sunday, November 27th. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas we celebrate the gift God gave us his son Jesus Christ our Savior! Advent is a time to reflect on how significant this gift to us as believers.

What do you Need for Advent Wreath Tradition?

1. A Wreath- the wreath is a circular garland of evergreens. The circle of the wreath represents eternity. You can buy the wreath that has the candle holders in them or you can just buy the candle holders separately

2. 5 Candles– You’ll light one candle every week and then all five on Christmas Eve or Day. The 1st 4 candles go outside of the wreath and the 5th candle is placed inside the circle.

1st Week- Purple Candle- represents Hope often called the Prophecy Candle
2nd Week- Purple Candle-represents Peace it is often called the Angel Candle
3rd Week- Rose Candle- represents Joy and is often called the Shepherds Candle
4th Week- Purple Candle- represents Love and is often called the Bethlehem Candle
White Candle- represents Christ

How do you Celebrate?

This is the fun part! Each Sunday you’ll light one candle that represents that week and read a verse of the bible for example, the 1st week is prophecy read Isaiah 9:1-7. I’ll be posting a calendar of suggested verses this week to help you along!

The second week light the second candle and so forth until Christmas Eve or Day and then light all five candles, this leads to lighting the white candle representing Christ and celebrating his final arrival. This is the perfect to read the scriptures on the birth of Christ, discuss the role each person played, and talk about the characteristics and virtues of those at the manger that blessed day.

Advent is a wonderful tradition to introduce your family to and to keep them focused on Christ.  I’ll be sharing our Advent traditions and would love to hear your traditions.