Friday, November 20, 2009

Advent Candle

After seeing Emily's advent calendar, we all thought this would be a great addition to that. Besides whatever fun things you are doing during the month of December, this is a nice way to bring more into focus the true meaning of the Christmas season.

Shauna originally gave this to us years ago. I'm not sure where she got it, or if she came up with it on her own. But here is how it works. Each evening, as sort of a family devotional, you light a candle (if you want), and then read a scripture verse that talks about some aspect of Jesus Christ's life. You can then add more discussion, if desired, with your family, adapting it to the ages and attention span of your kids.

Click HERE for the pdf. of the "Advent Candle" which includes simple directions, a list of all scripture references, and a corresponding characteristic of Jesus Christ. All scripture verses taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (A HUGE Thanks! to Steve F. for walking me thru how to work the pdf. Your directions were great!)

If you do not have access to the Holy Bible in your home you can click HERE to request a FREE copy from Or you can visit HERE and pull up the entire New Testament to cut and paste the corresponding scripture verses.

Here is a good place to find some nice pictures depicting scenes from the Nativity.

Another great resource to have is a beautiful DVD called "Joy to the World". This is produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you can receive it FREE at the same site above. The DVD is around 20 minutes long and depicts the birth of the Savior. We try and watch it on Christmas Eve and I have been pleasantly surprised that even the little ones in our house will watch it quietly and give their full attention.

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