Advent calendars overflow with all kinds of good things: chocolate, jokes, little gifts, Christmas activity suggestions.
Alongside the sweets and the toys and the notes, advent calendars can be a great tool for helping us reflect on God’s word, and the amazing things that Jesus has done. It’s easy to fill your advent calendar with bible passages or devotional material, and there are plenty of fantastic resources out there. Here are some that have caught our attention:
Twenty five free printables, with daily bible readings from Old Testament prophecies, John the Baptist and the Christmas narratives. They are delightful!
Richard Baukham’s Advent Haiku
These twenty four Haiku draw from every book of the Old Testament (in their original Hebrew order) to turn our eyes to the coming Messiah.
Jessica Lynette’s Genealogy of Jesus Devotional
Twenty five reflections on God’s character based on various people from Jesus’ family tree. We really like the postcard-sized word art graphics for each day, they would be great to incorporate into a calendar.
The Handcrafted Story’s Advent Art Journal ($)
A series of 25 cards slowly telling the Christmas narrative, with space for painting, designing or writing. Available to purchase and print yourself here at her etsy store.
Johnson Made’s Postcards ($)
A collection of 28 postcards aimed at preparing our hearts for Christmas. Each card includes a bible verse, a short reflection and a suggested Advent activity for you or your household. Available to purchase here at her etsy store.
Sweeter than Sweets’ Christmas objects
A suggested collection of 25 trinkets, toys and other objects to help you slowly tell the Christmas story to little kids during Advent.
Faith Gateway’s Jesus Storybook Bible Printables
The Jesus Storybook Bible is a great resource for preparing our hearts for God’s king. And it has 24 stories from the beginning through to Christmas… perfect for Advent. If you have a Jesus Storybook Bible at home, you might like to download this printable Advent reading guide from Faith Gateway.
All These Things’ Jesus Storybook Bible Jesse Tree Ornaments
A more interactive resource to use with the Jesus Storybook Bible are these wonderful colour-your-own Jesse Tree ornaments. There is one for every Jesus Storybook Bible story!
We used these as templates to make our own ornaments out of felt. See them here.