All three of my kids are old enough this year to start discussing the meaning behind Christmas, to make the month of December about the journey to the manger rather than just presents and shopping. I can’t wait to dig in to a family advent devotional together for the first time and celebrate the birth of our Savior! If you are looking for some awesome options, these are 10 of my favorites.
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10 of the Best Family Advent Devotionals
Truth in the Tinsel: Advent Experience for Little Hands is by far my favorite advent devotional specifically for kids. The reading and activities are not geared toward parents at all, but they are the best option for children I have ever seen. There are also a number of ways to personalize the experience, and it is a wonderful investment for use year after year. The Truth in the Tinsel Printable Ornaments are perfect for your youngest kiddos. The standard activities work really well for a variety of ages up through all of elementary. Also, if you feel like 25 days of crafts are too much, there are alternate schedules available that focus on specific themes. I HIGHLY recommend this resource.
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift is Ann Voskamp’s adaptation for families of her best-selling book The Greatest Gift. Unwrapping the Greatest Gift is my absolute favorite on this list for several reasons. The book itself is beautiful, making it a treasured family possession. It directs you to scripture, as well as including devotional reading and simple activities. It is truly written for all ages, so the entire family can join in. Also, if mom or dad want to dig deeper, they can spend time with The Greatest Gift on their own, and keep the advent theme in their own private devotion time.
Welcome Baby Jesus is perfect for families with young children of multiple ages. The readings are short and simple. There are three sections to each day’s installment: Think, Pray, Act. Think provides a thoughtful devotional reading. Pray provides a short prayer prompt for you and your kiddos. Act is a challenge to somehow “act out” the lesson from the daily reading. The “Act” section is simple and quick, no supplies, just purposeful, encouraging activities to help children apply the lessons to life.
Adventing: A Journey to Christmas is on Kindle only, but it’s still a beautiful and simple resource for families. The illustrations are lovely, and each day’s reading centers on a one-word theme. Shopping lists are included for supplies needed. Simple crafts and activities are included throughout along with short, powerful devotionals especially for ages 3-7.
Advent Devotions for Busy Families has very short, simple daily readings and printable ornaments to color with your children. These activities are the shortest and simplest on this list, and the readings are shortest and easiest to get through. A great choice for families with very young children or those who might have difficulty sitting through a slightly longer reading.
Make Him Room is an advent devotion written by my homegirl, Kirsten Oliphant. She’s compiled insightful daily devotions and discussion questions. While this isn’t a “family” devotional, strictly speaking, I wanted to include it because I enjoyed it so much. I think it’s a wonderful resource for husband and wife to go through together or for moms to do in their own quiet time.
A MOMent of Christmas: Daily Christmas Devotions for Time-Strapped Moms is by another bloggy friend of mine, Anna Rendell. I am incredibly excited about this book because this is where we live, sisters. Am I right?! I may not be able to complete one single advent activity with my littles this entire month, but by golly, I want to spend some time with Jesus on my own. Especially if I can do so through the encouraging and relatable words of my sister, Anna.
Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is another one I’m really excited about. I love the idea of worshipping our Lord through His Names. Knowing the names of God and Jesus in Scripture deepens my worship and relationship with my Lord. There are 25 daily readings with specific family devotions sprinkled throughout, perfect for a slightly more relaxed approach if you feel like daily family reading is a little too ambitious.
Craft and Pray Around the World: A Christmas Experience for Families is another resource I’m excited to find. My little dude really enjoys learning about other countries, and I love the prospect of studying geography and praying for countries as we go. A ton of adorable crafts and purposeful prayer prompts for a month of family fun.
My Advent Bible Study is super unique study for your kiddos. It encourages them to have a quiet time of their own and delves into the prophecies of the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament. A wonderful way to learn and celebrate His birth in an age-appropriate study.
If you have a craft lover like me, CELEBRATE: Create a Joyful Christmas with Simple Activity Plans is a wonderful addition to your Christmas tradition. The 4 weekly plans take you through the month of December with wonderful, SIMPLE activity plans. A wide variety of craft experiences that are sure to keep your little guys happy and busy this Joyful Christmas season. No in depth Advent readings, but a whole lot of hands-on fun!
I know. You’re dying because this advent calendar is SO DARN CUTE! If you and your kidslike crafting, especially sewing, this is an adorable and memorable option for your family.
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Dayspring has these adorable tabletop devotionals for quick, easy reading each day. A great addition to your desk, counter top, or as a gift to a friend.
Any other ideas? What are your favorite family advent devotionals?