Christmas Countdown Using 12 Scriptures & Books:
I love this time of year, and it’s especially fun with children. This year I wanted to make a Christmas countdown using scripture & books. Our family likes to keep Christ as the center of Christmas, and we are always reminding our children of why we celebrate Christmas. In earlier years I have used an advent calendar counting down the days until Christmas.
I remember as a child our own advent calendar hanging on our refrigerator and opening each door every day. As a child the anticipation is crazy, and my brother and I couldn’t wait until that last door opened. As a young child, I remember thinking that on Christmas baby Jesus was actually born every year. I also thought that having snow on Christmas was a requirement. On Christmas morning it HAD to be snowing. Silly I know. Displaying our advent calendar became a tradition that brought fond memories of my childhood and a tradition I would like to pass on to my children as well.
When I first became a mom I made an advent calendar. It was made out of beautiful red and green felt and glitter on a poster board size piece of a cardboard box. I started using this advent calendar when my first son was two. Each day we had a bible verse and a craft or activity to complete. It was really fun and a great activity for bonding. Then came two children later. I have tried to always do some sort of countdown but much more simplified. I think it’s fun for kids to see the days left until Christmas since it’s hard for kids to understand the concept of time when they are little.
This year I thought about trying something a little different. It’s hard at times to do all 25 days until Christmas, but I thought I could handle 12 days of Christmas. I was trying to think of a way to make this idea work. Well, I love books. My kids love books. Shopping for books at garage sales is the best because you can get great deals. I am a sucker for those scholastic flyers that the kids bring home from school. The kids and I like to circle our picks. Well, I also hosted a book party this year and received a few books from there as well. So I have my own little mom library as I like to call it. I used books during the summer as rewards for good behaviors. I mean finding a book for 25 cents at a garage sale, how can you go wrong with that as a reward? So I thought it would be fun for the kids to open a book a day counting down the 12 days until Christmas!
Adding Scripture Verses:
Having the kids unwrap the books before Christmas was a fun countdown until the Christmas day. Plus the books wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle of new toys. I mean my kids like books, but come on it’s not a new Lego set! So giving the books before Christmas lets them enjoy the books a little more and it is fun! I didn’t want it to all be about them getting all these gifts so I wanted to incorporate telling the Bible story of Jesus’s birth. Again bringing them back around to the idea that we celebrate Christmas because of Jesus and not some man in a red suit. So I made some bible verses to read with opening the books for each day.
How it works:
So I don’t have enough books for all three kids to get twelve books, which I think is fine but they will be getting six each, which is more than enough. Each day we will rotate a child opening a book and reading the bible verse. On the day that it’s my daughter’s turn I will have the son that isn’t opening a book help her since she will need extra help. So everyone will be included and enjoy this activity. I will share the reason we give gifts and want to encourage giving to others as well. I will also talk about Jesus being the greatest gift of all. Since the kids are getting new books I thought that each child will choose one of the books they already own to donate to another child. A book for a book. I thought this would help encourage their little hearts to give to others and help clear out some of our books at the same time. We have a lot of books. Did I already say that I love books?
The Countdown is On!
I am hoping this goes well. We will start our countdown on December 13th and end on Christmas Eve. I think it will be a fun idea, and I hope something that my children will treasure in their memories as well.
I hope you find this post helpful, and that you can do this with your family as well. Do you have some sort of advent calendar that your family enjoys? Did you enjoy an advent calendar growing up? I would love to hear about some of your fond memories! Please remember to share!
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