The Christmas season is one rich with traditions and significance. It can also quickly become so chockful of good things that we miss the best things. Many of us can look back to years when we did okay in quieting the chaos and focusing on Christ and other years not so much. One of the things our family has always enjoyed is some sort of Advent observance. There are as many ways to celebrate advent as there are those celebrating. We want to share a simple Advent hope devotion and free nativity set for you to use with you children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews, church kids or whomever you choose.
Advent begins the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, which this year is November 27th. Advent literally means the arrival of a notable person, thing or event, in this case, it refers to the person of Christ. But it’s not just His coming as a babe in Bethlehem that we are celebrating, it is also His second coming that we are still anticipating.
An advent wreath typically has 4 or 5 candles that are lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas in a specific order. Some are pink purple and white, others use red or all white candles with each candle holding a special significance and focus.
The dates for this year and a traditional meaning of each candle is as follows …
November 27 |The Hope Candle
December 4 | The Love Candle
December 11 | The Joy Candle
December 18 | The Peace Candle
December 24 or 25 | The Christ Candle.
Advent Devotion and Free Nativity Set
Wise men – the first ornament free shrinky dink Nativity Set
Each Friday leading up to Advent you can find some advent ideas to enjoy with your family. There may be a devotion, a song to sing and a link for a Nativity ornament for each child to create. Our desire is to give families a user-friendly inexpensive way to focus on Christ’s coming. Each week’s activity will about 10 minutes, more or less, depending on how much time you choose to spend.
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Materials for the Nativity Set
Shrinky dink paper – 3 sheets per child
Bible or Bible app – we like YouVersion or Bible Gateway
Simply print out a set of ornaments on shrinky dink paper for each child and read over each week’s (post / devotion) and you’re ready to get started. You may choose to use heavy card stock instead, but the shrinky dink paper is fun and much more durable from year to year. And it’s just plain fun to watch them shrink in the oven.
Please let us know how you have used these resources. Feel free to use them with your own family, friends, church or school group and any others who would enjoy them. We kindly ask that you credit So Much Moore as the source.
Printable PDF Links
You can find the printable PDF for this week’s Devotion and Nativity Ornament by clicking on the links below
Christmas songs of Hope to enjoy this week
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel performed by Pentatonix
Welcome to our World performed by Michael W. Smith
The Nativity ornament set was created by Katy Thay, who happens to be available for commissioned pieces. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Mrs. Thay.