December brings with it the desire for us to focus on Jesus’ first coming and His second coming. Advent is a special way to celebrate the birth of Jesus, Christmas, and our faith in His promises to come!
There are many different ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas, and we’ve tried a few over the years. But, again and again, there is always one I revert back to and it is the perfect Simple Advent Activity For Busy Moms!
I enjoy studying the meaning of words and I know studying God’s Word is the top priority. I also love finding new mediums of reading material to add to these two main ways that I learn & teach my children about Jesus.
Have A Cozy Advent Reading Time!
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Simple Advent Activity For Busy Moms
We love using books to celebrate Christmas throughout the month of December. The very act of gathering my children around to listen while I read out loud to them daily is literally bringing our family closer together physically and hopefully, spiritually/emotionally.
I am not a crafty mom by any means, though we do try to add in some hands-on activities. However, reading is definitely more my style and intentionally giving my kids 15-minutes of my time each day as I read to them is a welcome break in my busy life!
Quality time with my children is so important, but the busy season of planning and shopping and preparing for Christmas can overshadow my children’s needs (and my own). That’s why I make the extra effort to have a daily read-together time, especially in December.
How To Have A Simple Advent With Children
First, I share with my children the meaning of Advent.
Second, I choose a daily Advent Bible reading plan that is based around the “Jesse Tree” outline. I love that the point behind this method is to share the story of Jesus starting at the very beginning of the Bible! I am implementing this without a guide this year, but I have used a guide in the past. This free one is perfect for a late start since it starts on December 15th!
Third, I choose a foundational Advent Book to read throughout Advent. There are several books that are written specifically for Advent and our favorite (so far) are the books by Arnold Ytreeide.
Fourth, I choose several other short books that are centered around Jesus Christ and can be read in one 15-minute reading session. I have some of our favorites listed HERE.
Fifth, on Christmas day, we read the “Christmas Story” from the book of Luke.
Daily Routine For Advent Reading
This is how our daily reading usually takes place:
In the morning we have Bible Time which includes the Jesse Tree scripture reading.
At some point during the day, we read a short Christmas-related book of choice (this does not happen every day, but sprinkled throughout December).
In the evening, we read our daily chapter from the Advent storybook we have chosen for the year (Bartholomew’s Passage, etc.).
Cultivating a love for our Lord Jesus Christ while encouraging a love of reading in our children is a win-win this Advent season! For some, this “activity” may seem too simple, but busy moms understand how creating a holiday season of rest that is focused on the true meaning of Christmas is not always easy.
I hope that this Simple Advent Activity For Busy Moms helps you relax, slow down, and cherish this Christmas season with your children!