How to make an Advent Calendar
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Yes, we can show you how to make an Advent Calendar and it's really fun!
First, let's talk about what Advent is. The word advent means "arrival" or "an appearing or coming into place." During Advent season, we remember Jesus' arrival on earth, when He was born in Bethlehem to be our Savior.
Traditionally, Advent lasts for four Sundays, but our Advent Calendar goes from December 1 through 24. An Advent calendar contains a certain number of covered “windows” that are opened, one each day, until Christmas Day. Each open window reveals a picture related to the season, a poem or a Bible verse, or a treat of some kind. Some people use little boxes. Our calendar uses a muffin tin!
You will need:
How to Make an Advent Calendar
- Miniature muffin tin with 24 holes
- Tape, scissors, markers
- Advent Items (see this plan)
1. Cut the cardstock into 24 circles (approximately 2 inches each)
2. Label each circle with a number. You need numbers 1 through 24.
3. Gather the items listed on the Advent Plan and place them in the correct hole on the muffin tin.
4. Attach the circles to the muffin tin in order.
Each day, starting December 1, remove one circle and discover the item. Read the verse together as a family and discuss how the topic fits into the Christmas story.
"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. He will rule forever over his people, who came from Jacob’s family. His kingdom will never end'" (Luke 1:30-33).
"The Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory. His angels will come with him. And he will reward everyone in keeping with what they have done" (Matthew 16:27).
The GQKidz Team highly recommends the following series to read during Advent. The books can be purchased individually or as a set. The recommended age is 8-12.