We pull from lots of different places every year to use some traditional stuff and some new stuff for our children. Over the years we have changed our "programming" to fit the ages of our children. We have used many children's books and children's Bibles but this year we have older children and we are doing a more mature style for them.
We read a scripture reading or two, a devotional reading from one of our books above and we sing a hymn or two. This year we added the Christ in the Carols book to read about the hymns before we sing them. The children always look forward to that time. I dare say they were drawn in when they were small by the eggnog/cocoa and dessert we often share but they have grown to love the reading and time together, too. They participate fully in the reading and lighting of candles and always have since the time they could read.
Advent started last Sunday but if you are reading an Advent devotional then most of them start today... December 1st.
Here is our list with titles and authors for each resource above and a few extra not shown.
Books Shown Above
Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from G. K. Chesterton
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper (On my NOOK)
The Christ of Christmas by Calvin Miller
The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren (this was a gift from last year)
Christ in the Carols: Thirty-One Devotionals for Christmas and Advent
by Christopher and Melodie Lane
Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration from Focus on the Family
Great Christmas Ideas by Alice Chapin
More from my NOOK
Christmas Footprints by Todd Stiles
Finding Christmas: Stories of Startling Joy and Perfect Peace
by James Calvin Schaap
Devotions for Christmas: A Celebration to Bring You Joy and Peace
from Zondervan Publishing
Christmas Playlist: Four Songs that Bring You to the Heart of Christmas
by Alistair Begg
Children's Books We Have Used
The First Christmas Tree: A Legend from Long Ago by Helen Haidle
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
This is the Star by Joyce Dunbar and Gary Blythe
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
Night is Coming by W. Nikola-Lisa
Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate
Three books in a series by Arnold Ytreeide
My Son, My Savior: The Awesome Wonder of Jesus' Birth by Calvin Miller
Santa's Favorite Story by Hisako Aoki
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
How do you celebrate Advent?
Do you have a favorite resource?
Please feel free to share with us in the comments.
I always love learning about new resources!