Thanksgiving is over (it was wonderful), and we are in full blown Christmas mode at our house. We got the tree and the lights up, so now I just need to tackle the contents of boxes that are strewn all over my family room. I may have a tiny problem with buying and making too many Christmas decorations. But what can I say–I love Christmas!!
One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to use advent calendars to count down the days till Christmas. Some of them are simple, like eating a piece of candy. Some of them involve activities every day. But we try to do a few that involve the real meaning of Christmas–the celebration of Christ's birth. This simple candle advent is a great reminder of the events leading up to the birth of the baby Jesus.
To make one, just take a tall thin candle and make 24 marks on it. You can use a Sharpie marker or paint. I painted 24 hearts on it, but plain dots or lines work just as well. Every evening, you light the candle and let it burn down to one of the marks. As it is burning, read the scripture and discuss it, or sing the song that goes with it. We usually do it before bedtime because it calms everyone down and brings such a peaceful feeling into our home. Even the little kids are fascinated by the flame of the candle, so they usually manage to sit still and quiet long enough for us to get through. Hope your family enjoys it as much as we have.
(Usually I put the candle in a fancy glass candle holder that is wrapped in pretty ribbon, but I haven't come across it yet in all my Christmas boxes.)
Christmas Candle Scripture Advent
Day 1- Read John 3:16—Why did Jesus come to Earth?
Day 2- Read Luke 1:26-33—Who told Mary that she would have a baby?
Day 3- Read Isaiah 7:14 & Matt. 1:23—How did Isaiah know what would happen?
Why is it important that he did?
Day 4- Read Matthew 1:18-21—Why did Mary & Joseph name the baby Jesus?
Day 5- Read Luke 1:36—How were Mary & Elizabeth related? Who is older, John the Baptist, or Jesus?
Day 6- Read Luke 2:1, 3-6—Why did Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem?
Day 7- Read Micah 5:2—What does this scripture foretell about Bethlehem? Sing "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
Day 8- Read Luke 2:7—Why did Mary lay baby Jesus in a manger?
Day 9- Read Luke 2:8-11—Candy canes remind us of the shepherds' crook and The Savior, who is “The Good Shepherd”
Day 10- Read Luke 2:13–14–Who joined the angel in praising God? Join with the angels and sing “Joy to the World”
Day 11- Read Luke 2:15–17–Where did the shepherds go after the angels left?
Day 12- Read Matt. 2:1–2 How did the Wise Men know that Jesus had been born?
Day 13- Read Matt. 2:7–10–Where did Herod send the Wise Men?
Day 14- Read Matt. 2:11–How did the Wise Men show that they knew the young child was the Savior?
Day 15- Why do we give each other gifts at Christmas? Read Matt. 2:11 and Matt 25:40.
Day 16- Read Matt. 2:13–15–Why did Joseph take Mary and Jesus to Egypt?
Day 17- Read John 1:1-5—Why do you think we decorate with Christmas lights at Christmas?
Day 18- Read John 8:12—Christ is the light of the world. Christmas Candles and lights remind us of his light.
Day 19- Read Isaiah 9:6—What are some of the names of Christ?
Day 20- Read Psalms 66:1-2—Christmas bells are rung to make a “joyful noise”. Sing “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
Day 21- Read Isaiah 61:1-3—Bows “bind up the broken hearted” and remind us that
we are all connected, through Jesus Christ. How can we serve someone this Christmas?
Day 22- Read Isaiah 1:18 & Revelations 3:5. What does snow have to do with the
real meaning of Christmas?
Day 23- Read Psalms 95:6-7—How do we worship Christ? Sing “O Come All Ye Faithful!”
Day 24- Read (and maybe act out) Luke 2—Christmas is almost here.
Day 25- Read Job 19:25—Enjoy this special day!
To print off the daily scriptures for the Candle Advent, click the following link:
Christmas Candle Advent
Have any great ideas for keeping Christ in Christmas?? I'd love to hear them!!