Wednesday, November 17, 2010

December 17: Advent

*Gather supplies for a "countdown" calender. We use strips of construction paper to make a "countdown to Christmas" chain.

  • Read Isaiah 40:31.
"...but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."

  • Let your children open the countdown to Christmas supplies that you've wrapped.

  • Explain the meaning of "advent." (Which is simply the anticipation of the coming of Christ.)

  • Talk about what it means to "hope in the Lord" and "soar like eagles."

  • Share about a time when you experienced hope in the Lord.

  • Ask the kids if they love about the eager anticipation we have to celebrate the birth of Christ.

  • If your children are old enough and you feel you have time, share about living life with eagerness for Christ's second coming.

  • Show the children how you will use the supplies to make your own countdown to Christmas.

  • Create your countdown and explain how it works.

  • Pray, thanking God for Christmastime. Ask God to give your family a hope at all times.

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