It can be challenging to help children appreciate and observe Advent when it seems that everyone’s focus is already on Christmas. Advent is a time of joyful anticipation of Christmas, so we need to help the children shift their focus from celebrating to preparing. Their experience of Christmas will be all the more meaningful if we help them spend the weeks of Advent in preparation and anticipation.
John Burland and Miss Heidi have collaborated on a video to share some Advent songs with us. It’s called “A Journey Through Advent in Song with Miss Heidi and John Burland.” Enjoy!
Here are some printable activities that will help young people and families to observe Advent:
Seeds: My Advent Wreath/Mi corona de Adviento
Promise: Getting Ready for Christmas/Nos preparamos para la Navidad
Good News: My Advent Calendar/Mi calendario de Adviento
Venture: Advent Crossword/Crucigrama de Adviento
Visions: Saints of Advent and Christmas/Santos de Adviento y Navidad
Family-Parents: Preparing for Christmas
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