How to Celebrate Advent at Home – A Christmas Adventure Guide

A 4 Week Advent Guide for Kids

Last year, we started intentionally celebrating advent for the first time, and I loved how it kept our minds on Jesus throughout the Christmas season. My little girl was only two at the time, but she learned so many things about the true meaning of Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus.

All the fun we had last Christmas led me to create the Easter Adventure Guide this year, and now I’ve added this Christmas Adventure guide for you. I hope it helps your family focus on Jesus this Christmas and reinforce the true message of Christmas. We also use the Shepherd on the Search during advent.

The Christmas Adventure Guide includes a weekly guide for candle lighting, memory verse, scripture readings, and craft. Join me on social media for more ideas and instructions during the Advent Season.

Let’s make this Advent Season a Christ-filled celebration as we anticipate Christmas Day.

Download your Christmas Adventure Guide now. Advent 2020 starts on November 29th.

I do not require email signup for this download, but I would love for you to join my email list if you enjoy this content. I’ll be emailing out reminders throughout the season.

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How do I use the Adventure Guide?

Advent is a centuries-old tradition that helps those who practice it keep their minds on Jesus and the miraculous virgin birth that brought our Savior to Earth. There are many different traditions involving the candles, wreath, and scripture readings. This guide is my interpretation and how we have decided to celebrate Advent as a family.

You will find directions for which color candle to light along with scripture readings and memory verse for each week. We light the candle around dinner time when our family is together. Throughout the week, we will do the craft and work on learning the memory verse. You can continue to light the candles every night or just once per week.

The memory verses are included as a printable, and I’ve bolded smaller sections of the memory verse for younger kids to memorize. The activities are suggestions that I hope help give you some new ideas for celebrating.

The weekly craft prompts reinforce the memory verse to help with memorization. You can find links to each craft below.

Included in the guide are three different options for printable daily countdowns.

An advent calendar countdown can be used throughout December and adds another level of fun IF you choose to do it. If 25 days feels like too many, you can do 12 as well. I’ve included three countdown printable options. Add these to little gifts or packages for each day in December.

Last year, we did a small piece of chocolate for each day. Elia woke up, got a piece of chocolate, and went searching for her Shepherd. These activities are simple daily reminders that Christmas is coming.

Download your guide now. I can’t wait to celebrate this beautiful season together.

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase, which allows me to continue offering free content to you.

Below are craft ideas I collected for each week to reinforce learning the memory verse. The Youtube Tutorial shows how I put each craft together. The supplies and directions for each craft are discussed in more detail below.

Supply List for Suggested Crafts:

  • Print off printables
  • Advent wreath with and candles (3 purple candles, one pink, one white for the center)
  • Up to 25 small pieces of candy, prizes, or printouts for Advent calendar
  • Hot glue gun
  • String to hang ornaments
  • Pre-bought cake (or cake ingredients) and sprinkles
  • Skewers/toothpicks for birthday banner
  • Craft supplies for each week listed below

Add Christmas books and/or objects for a more interactive experience. View my suggestions here.

Week 1: Baby Jesus Craft

Supplies for Baby Jesus Ornament

  • Popsicle sticks (4)
  • Peg doll (I purchased a pack at Hobby Lobby)
  • Star
  • Paper shred
  • Felt

For this craft, hot glue was necessary to hold the base of the ornament together. You can try regular glue for the other embellishments, but it will take longer to dry. After you create the bottom, add the paper shred for hay, the swaddled baby peg Jesus, and a star on top. Add a hanger, and this cute ornament is ready for your tree.

Week 2: Create a Crown

Supplies for Crown Ornament

  • Wood crown ornament
  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Bead embellishment

First, trace the crown shape onto the scrapbook paper and cut it out. Add a layer of Mod Podge on the wood crown’s surface, place the scrapbook paper, and add another layer on top of the scrapbook paper. Add additional Mod Podge anywhere the paper is lifting until it’s secure. Once dry, hot glue the bead embellishment to the front and hanger to the back.

Week 3: Create a Star Ornament

Supplies for Star Ornament

  • Oven bake clay (Hobby Lobby)
  • Letter stamps
  • Rolling pin
  • Gold Sharpie Marker
  • White paint
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Sweater for texture
  • Pink yarn for tassel

The oven-bake clay is so much fun! These star ornaments turned out great. First, roll out your clay and check the thickness against the package directions. I rolled mine to 1/4″. Add the sweater material over the top and press it into the clay with the rolling pin to add the texture. Cut out shapes and add a hole with a toothpick. Bake your clay shapes according to package directions.

Once the ornaments have baked and are cooled off, I gently sanded the edges, then painted the front of the ornaments white. After, I added some gold sharpie to the word “JOY” and the bigger stars’ edges. For an added embellishment, I made a quick yarn tassel.

Week 4: Create an Angel

Supplies for Angel Ornament

  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • Peg Doll
  • Coffee Filter
  • Wire
  • Feathers

First, cut the coffee filter down to size for the angel’s gown. Add a thin layer of sparkle Mod Podge then set aside. Add the twine hanger to the back of the angel, then wrap with the dry gown. Twist the wire into a halo and glue it on top of the angel’s head. Finally, cut the feathers down to size and glue them to the back of the gown. The sparkle Mod Podge makes the angel extra special.

Christmas Day: Celebrate with Cake

Make a small cake (or buy one from the grocery store) and add all the sprinkles. The Christmas Adventure download includes printable banners that say “JESUS” to add to your cake.

We had so much fun using our Shepherd on the Search last year. Here are some highlights from his time with us. You can purchase one here.

More Ideas

Here’s my Pinterest board full of more craft ideas for each week. I love getting inspiration from Pinterest, and I have organized this board into sections for countdown calendars and weekly crafts. It’s easy to navigate the ideas without getting lost in all the Pinterest posts.

Let’s Do this Together

Starting on November 17th, I will be sharing our crafts on my social media @annakateturnerdiy. I would love to see how you’re using the Christmas Adventure guide with your family. Please tag me on social media, so I can see and share. Instagram and Facebook @annakateturnerdiy or @turnerlittles.

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