Advent Activities: Part 2 {What’s in the Bible? & Unwrapping the Greatest Gift}

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Advent Activities: Part 2 @ AllOurDays.comOn Tuesday, I shared two of our favorite advent resources.

Today I’m excited to share a few more of our favorites with you. It’s my hope that you will find at least one advent activity that will work for your family and help you focus on Jesus during this Christmas season.

What’s in the Bible?

We love the folks at What’s in the Bible? Our family owns and enjoys all of their DVDs! They have several ways you can help your kids understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVD

This hour long program is packed full of educational fun as Buck Denver and friends explain several Christmas traditions and how they all point to the wonderful gift of Jesus.

Why Do We Call It Christmas? Book

A new book from Phil Vischer, Why Do We Call It Christmas? The Real Story Behind The Holiday unwraps the real meaning behind our favorite Christmas traditions. You know the Christmas story – but do you know the story of Christmas?

Everyday Emmanuel

This printable advent eBook from What’s in the Bible? helps guide families through four weeks of advent devotionals. Everyday Emmanuel is also full of lots of ideas for fun and meaningful activities to do with your family throughout the entire month of December.

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Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas

I’m looking forward to this new advent book by Ann Voskamp. “Fall in love with Him all over again as you experience God’s plan of salvation for us—from the Garden of Eden to the manger and beyond.” Each devotion includes scripture readings to go along with each story, questions and activities to engage the entire family, and beautiful illustrations to further enhance each reading.

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Read Some Good Christmas Books

Also, be sure to check out the Christmas Book section of our Amazon store for some ideas. My friend, Kristin, also has a great list of books for Christmas reading.

How does your family focus on Jesus during Christmas?

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Advent Activities: Part 1 {Names of Jesus & Truth in the Tinsel}

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Advent Activities: Part One, Unwrapping the Reason for Christmas @ AllOurDays.com #Christmas #kids #advent #reasonfortheseasonDoes the Christmas season speed by for you? Do you wake up on December 26th and realize that Christmas is over and you barely even thought about the birth of the Christ?

Do you want to focus your heart and the hearts of your children on Jesus this Christmas season?

If so, can I encourage you to set aside time for some sort of advent activity?

Our family has been so blessed by purposefully taking time to think about Jesus during the busy holiday season! Over the years we have tried several advent options. Here are some of our favorites. (Be sure to stop back by on Thursday to read Part 2.)

Names of Jesus

A few years ago, I created these Names of Jesus cards. Each night at dinnertime, we picked one card, read the name and the accompanying scripture, then discussed it for a few minutes. This was a simple way for us to focus on Jesus and what his different characteristics mean to us today. You can get our click here to download the Names of Jesus Cards.

Names of Jesus: learning and memory cards {free printable} @ AllOurDays.com

My friend, Kristin, used these cards and her kids liked them so much that she created additional Names of Jesus cards so they could continue learning more about Jesus.

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Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands

We’ve  also really enjoyed Amanda’s adorable advent program for young children. This printable eBook is filled with daily parts of the Christmas story along with a simple craft to help your kids remember what they’ve learned. Truth in the Tinsel also offers printable ornaments to make this advent experience even easier, something this mom of many little ones is very thankful for :)

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Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands  Truth in the Tinsel Printable Ornaments
Last year, I also created printable tracing cards to be used along with the Truth in the Tinsel printable ornaments. They give us a good place to keep all 96 printable ornaments ;).

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Read Some Good Christmas Books

Check out the Christmas Book section of our Amazon store for some ideas. My friend, Kristin, also has a great list of books for Christmas reading.

How does your family focus on Jesus during Christmas?

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Jonathan Park Creation Adventures {review, $5 off and coupon code}

Jonathan Park: Creation Adventures audio drama series $5 off plus 33% off until 11/20/14 @ AllOurDays.com
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I’ve mentioned it before, but our kids LOVE audio books and audio dramas.

As a busy mom, I also love that they can listen while we fold laundry or while I clean up the kitchen or prepare lunch or put the baby down for a nap or grab a shower alone or…well, you get the point.

Recently, we had the opportunity to listen to Jonathan Park: The Adventure Begins, the first CD set in the Jonathan Park: Creation Adventures radio drama series.

Our kids love what they’ve heard so far!

The Jonathan Park series is produced by CreationWorks.

Their mission is to Engage a worldwide community of families with the Gospel and truth of Creation, Equip them with fun discovery and training tools, and provide adventurous Experiences that strengthen and deepen their faith. You can read more about what the Jonathan Park team believes here.

Aside from the obvious biblical view of creation, I appreciate the family values the series portrays. It’s so hard to find examples of children with good character.

I don’t like my kids listening to stories where the children are mean, selfish, or disrespectful. They can think of those things easily enough on their own, I want the stories they listen to to encourage them to have solid godly character that others can look up to. The Jonathan Park: Creation Adventures audio drama series presents great role models for my kids.

I also like how the families work together to overcome obstacles as a team.

The science information presented in each episode has sparked amazing questions and discussions in our home. I’m sure it will in your home too!

You can listen to a sample episode for free (click “Try it Free!”).

If you use my referral link, you can get $5.00 off any 4-CD album at JonathanPark.com with the coupon code tellafriend16. (The $5 off cannot be combined with any other sale offers.)

Also, now through November 20th, you can get 33% off of albums 1 through 9 with the code allourdays. 

Have you listened to this audio series? Do you think your kids would enjoy the Jonathan Park audio dramas? What other audio books or audio dramas do your children like?

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