Advent Activities

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Advent Wreath

This popular tradition comes from Scriptures that teach us that Jesus is the Light of the World (Matthew 4:16; John 1:4-9, 8:12). The wreath typically includes four or five candles, one to represent each week/theme of Advent and a fifth optional candle, called the Christ candle.

If you choose to create an Advent wreath, put it in a prominent spot in your home so everyone is reminded of the purpose of Advent all month long. There are some great videos on YouTube with step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful Advent wreath.

The candles included on the wreath have different symbolism depending on the tradition, but in one of the more common they are intended to help us look forward through the lenses of hope, faith, joy and peace:

  • Hope: On the first Sunday in Advent, we light the first candle to celebrate hope, representing the hope we have because Jesus is coming.
  • Faith: The second Sunday in Advent is marked with the second candle, which symbolizes faith.
  • Joy: On the third Sunday in Advent, we light the third candle, which represents the joy the world experienced when Jesus was born in human flesh.
  • Peace: On the Fourth Sunday in Advent, we light the final candle as we celebrate peace, that reminds us of the message the angels sang: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men!”
  • Purity: The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to represent Jesus’ first coming.


Nativity Set

Create a nativity scene or nativity crafts with your family. Search “homemade nativity scene” on Pinterest for dozens of great nativity scenes, projects, and neighbor gift ideas. When you pack up your decorations once Christmas is over, you may want to leave the Magi and camels from your nativity scene out a while longer since they will still have a long way to go before they get home.


Write a Letter

If you sponsor a child through Africa New Life or Compassion International, write a letter to your sponsored child. Share some of your Christmas traditions, ask about theirs, and consider enclosing a picture of you and your family.

Advent Paper Chain

Kit may be picked up in BCC Kids, Hope City Kids or Willamette Kids.

Staple, glue or tape the 25 provided paper strips into a chain, with Day 25 at the top of the chain, and Day 1 at the bottom. With your child, choose a special place to hang your paper chain. Starting on December 1st allow your child to remove the first chain (Day 1) and read the verse together. Each day have your child remove another link from the chain, until the last day, Christmas (Day 25).


Share an Invitation

Invite a family from your neighborhood to join you to share one of your favorite Christmas traditions. Or consider creating and sharing a meal from the foods people would have eaten in Nazareth at the time of Jesus. These include a steaming bread cake made from an ancient form of popcorn, goat cheese, yogurt, fish, eggs, chicken or lamb as a protein source. In warmer months the protein was accompanied with beans, cucumbers, or other vegetables sprinkled with dill, and fruits such as melons, dates, figs, and olives (list on devotional from Week 4, Day 2).

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Make Tamales

Tamales have become a part of the traditional Mexican celebration of las posadas, the annual commemoration of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter before Jesus’ birth. So for families all across Mexico and the American Southwest, the beginning of Advent kicks off the season for tamales. Google “tamale recipes” for instructions on how to make these tasty traditional treats. You can even turn making tamales into a special party, known as a tamalada. Not only can making tamales as a group activity be fun, it’s great as a gift-making activity when you share your tamales with others.