Hello all! Lorene here again today, to share one of our new favorite Christmas traditions. The holiday season gets so busy, but it's also so important for us as a family to remember the purpose of the holiday, so I am always looking for easy ways to make Christ-centered and kid-friendly Christmas traditions. Last year, I stumbled upon the 25 Days of Christ and I loved it! One small problem -- they were out of stock for the season and... there's no way it would have been delivered before December 1. (Procrastination strikes again!)
Instead, I used the same scripture stories and created my own simple kids craft advent teaching all of the life of Christ. And we loved it! In about 10 minutes each night, we had a short devotional and crafted an ornament to remind us of the story we read. This all-important family time helped us learn and discuss the gospel, invite the Spirit into our home, and enjoy each others' company.
We culminated the 25 days by opening a special present on Christmas morning -- a heart-shaped tree topper to remind us that the most important gift is God's love to each one of us, given freely and not based on whether we've been "naughty or nice". Our quick devotional before we headed downstairs to open presents set the tone for the rest of the day, and sealed for us that we wanted to do this again.
So this year, I'm sharing with you, for those of you who have likewise been searching for good family traditions that don't take a lot of time, money, or energy (all of which are hard to come by these days!) The whole thing takes very few supplies (most of which you probably have on-hand, or could substitute something you have around) and you can create a new family tradition in around 10 minutes every night. I've included photos of our ornaments from last year, plus any changes or adjustments we plan to do this year. Some of the crafts were pathetically lazy/simple last year since I was 32+ weeks pregnant at the time. :)
Each day includes
- a short scripture selection
- a picture (from the Gospel Art Book, which you can purchase at ldscatalog.com or access digitally with additional images here on LDS.org)
- a very simple ornament that uses common craft supplies and requires very little time to create
For most of the advent ornament crafts, preschoolers will need some help with cutting, while older children will be able to do it on their own. I've also included some additional options to help you adapt the crafts to your children's skill and interest levels and your available materials. Print a 1-page (front and back) quick reference sheet + printable ornament templates here (or for Bible-only, here) -- which includes the each day, scripture, picture #, and craft supply list. Instructions for each craft are below.
Full details are below (just click the Read More link). Please let me know if you have any questions or if there are any corrections needed. If you do this with your family, I'd love to hear what you think and see pictures of your crafts! You can tag @iamjustlu on Instagram or email me at iamjustlu@gmail(dot)com.