Keeping Christ in Christmas–Candle Scripture Advent Calendar

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Scripture Advent Calendar . . . use this free printable advent to keep the focus on Christ this Christmas. It is a favorite Christmas tradition at our house!

free printable scripture advent calendar with candleCandle Scripture Advent Calendar

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!!

candle scripture advent on a shelf

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.

How to make a Candle Scripture Advent Calendar


12″ White Taper Candles
Red and green craft paint
-Printable scripture countdown page (at the bottom of the post)


1- Since you need to make twenty four marks on your taper candle, it is helpful to first mark them with a washable marker to make sure they are evenly spaced.  (Just make sure you leave about an inch at the bottom so the candle can sit in the candle holder.) I’ve made enough of these that I don’t make the marks anymore, I just skip to the next step.

2- Squeeze a small puddle of red paint onto a paper plate. Use the end of a paintbrush to make 24 dots on the candle. To get the best results, dip your brush in the paint every time you make a dot. That helps keep them the same size. Let the paint dry completely.

3- At this point you can be done, the candle works just fine with only dots. I like to make mine flowers, so I use the end of a toothpick to make tiny green leaves on each side of the dot. A tiny paintbrush works well too, but I couldn’t find mine.

4- If you make any small mistakes, you can just use your fingernail to scratch the paint off and try again. Yep, I had a wonky paint dot that I had to fix.

5- Place your candle into a candle holder.

Q: I don’t have any craft paint, can I just use a marker for my candle scripture advent?
A: Yes, you can use a Sharpie marker. It’s not quite as vibrant as paint, but it will still work.

how to make a candle scripture advent calendar

How to Use the Candle Advent:

Print out the scripture advent paper. (link at the bottom of the post)

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.

Tip: The paint doesn’t burn  with the candle, it usually just falls into the melted wax. I just use a knife to pick off the paint dots and discard them.

christmas advent candle in front of Christmas tree

Scripture advent candles make great neighbor gifts or church handouts. I like to make up several candles at once so that I have them on hand for a few years. Just wrap them up before you store them, and keep them out of really hot temperatures.

I hope this becomes a treasured tradition at your house too! Please pin this post to share, I appreciate it!

Keeping Christ in Christmas scripture advent calendar collage

To print off the daily scriptures for the Candle Advent, click the following link:

Christmas Candle Scripture Advent Calendar

Here are a couple more ideas for having a Christ centered Christmas:

Printable Gratitude Christmas Tags
Show appreciation this Christmas with these fun gift tags. Make the world a brighter place!

Feed the Hungry
Help out some starving college students this Christmas Season | Christmas Service idea | Christ centered Christmas #lighttheworld

Have any great ideas for keeping Christ in Christmas?? I’d love to hear them!!


  1. Thanks for sharing this. We are doing a Christmas in July craft activity and I’m making a bunch of these to share with my relatives. I love your scripture list and the questions to go along with it.

  2. Great idea! We do the Advent wreath, but it’s only once a week, so this is cool for each day. We don’t have kids yet-our first is in my belly. 🙂 But, we want to do family devotionals each night. This is a great way to change it up for Christmas!

  3. Love this idea! So simple and uncomplicated. And I think we can do this with my toddler with little adjustment. Thank you.

  4. You are so dang clever. I love this idea. There’s something really cool about reading scriptures over candlelight!

  5. Such a fun idea! I am excited to try it!! Perfect VT gift too, Thanks!

  6. Great idea!

  7. This is absolutely perfect! I was hoping to find something already done that I could use for something like this! Thank you for saving me a ton of time.

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