5. Focus daily with Advent devotionals.
Advent comprises the four Sundays before Christmas and the days of those weeks. Put up an advent wreath with candles. Spend a short time daily lighting the appropriate candles and sharing a devotional. Each candle has a name and theme word to help focus on Jesus.
Week 1. Prophecy Candle, Hope
Week 2. Bethlehem Candle, Peace
Week 3. Shepherd Candle, Joy
Week 4. Angel Candle, Love
Use the names and words as your focus of the week to reflect on various aspects of the season.
For week 1, look up Scriptures of prophecies about the birth of Jesus and find how they were fulfilled. Consider projects that will bring hope to people, such as making tray favors for a nursing home.
Week 2, chat about how Bethlehem means house of bread and that Jesus is the Bread of Life. Make bread. Work on peace at home without complaining or arguing. Be polite and let others have first choice.
During Week 3, pass out candy canes for shepherd staffs. Sprinkle joy into one another’s day with smiles and words of encouragement.
For Week 4, show love with a group hug. Discuss the role of angels at the birth of Christ.
On Christmas day add a white candle in the center for the Christ candle. Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
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