I love Advent for so many reasons. It is daily a reminder to be intentional in discipling my children, it increases my anticipation to celebrate Jesus' birth, and it refocuses my heart when I get caught up in the consumerism of this season. This year Greyson is really starting to "get" Jesus so even though it took me SIX hours to make this simple advent calendar (why do I attempt to do projects while my kids are awake?) it will be worth every minute if I can use it as a tool to sow the kingdom of God into my little boys heart.
To celebrate Advent this year I just numbered tags and tied them onto paper bags. Each day form 12/1 to 12/25 we will open one bag. Inside the bag is a 3x5 card with either an activity or a small toy/ornament that connects back to Christ. If you are looking for ideas for your advent calendar, here are a few of the things we will be doing this year:
Day 2- Read Matthew 2:1-12 and then put the Star on top of the tree.
Day 3- Set out all of our nativities, teach Greyson "Away in a Manger" & "Silent Night"
Day 4- Buy a gift for a child in need, talk about how when we give to people in need we are being Jesus to them
Day 5- Bake muffins and deliver them to friends, talk about how Jesus was a servant of all
Day 10- Make cinnamon ornaments- talk about how when we love God and love others it is like a sweet fragrance to God.
Day 12- hang candy canes on the tree and read about how Jesus is the Good Shepherd
Day 14- Take a family trip to Bethlehem Revisited
Day 16- Build a fort, play with flashlights and read about how Jesus is the Light of the World
Day 18-Hang an angel ornament on the tree and reenact the angel announcing Jesus' birth to the shepherds
Day 19- Drive around and look at Christmas lights and sing Christmas carols
Day 25- Jesus' birthday party
These activities are small. Some may only take a few minutes to complete. I am so thankful, though, that God promises to multiply my efforts.
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Did you catch that, dear mommas?
A hundrend, sixty or thirty times what was sown!!
Take advantage of this season and sow Jesus into their little hearts.