One of my favorite Christmas traditions we created early in our marriage is our advent calendar. It has changed and evolved over the years to suit each year and now our growing family. Expecting a newborn this year I almost decided not to do it, but a quick google and Pinterest search, I found a way to make it work for this year.
I love the Christmas activities that we’ve done in the past (see our advent calendar last year), but this time I think we’re going to stick with just scripture readings in the cards. We’re starting a new tradition with Ruby and doing our own version of Star from Afar, so we already have one activity each day. I may throw in a surprise every now and then for fun if it works out, but for now, it sounds like too much.
Last year we printed out scripture reading cards and it was great, but some nights they were a little long or we’d get distracted. This year I found this printable with the scripture already written on the cards. Easy and simple, which is just what we need this season. I like the idea of opening these with Ruby and being able to read the card right then.
To save you the search, I thought I’d share the advent readings I came across. These all contain short scripture readings or just a verse that follows the Christmas story. These will be perfect for anyone, but I was particularly thinking of my two-and-a-half-year-old in my search.
free advent scripture card printables
- Christmas Story, Names of Jesus, & Christmas Carol – There are a few different types of advent reading in this post. All of them are short and sweet. You could do all of them to have a little reading throughout the day or to switch it up over the years.
- beautiful watercolor scripture advent cards – These are gorgeous and would be able to stand out on their own, taped on a string, a wall, clothespins, and string, or even sitting on the coffee table.
- Christmas verses with pictures – I like that this version has pictures on the cards, which may help my little one better understand the verse. I decided to print these out in black & white, I just printed them on regular computer paper and plan on folding them up and placing them in the envelopes we use every year shown in the photo above.
- advent calendar with daily activities – this one has several different printables, you could probably just pick one if you wanted, it’s very simple, modern, black and white.
- very simple, image and verse – this one is very basic and small, i almost picked this one, but had trouble downloading it
- black and white with red border verse and image – I really like these, they have a little more scripture and not just one verse and some have images.
- small verse cards with holly detail – I love the simplicity of these, would be great to use to stuff in envelopes, she also has a cute idea to display them.
- Jesus Storybook Bible Advent – This is the one we used last year. We used to be able to read Ruby a chapter every night, but somehow toddlerhood that isn’t happening. They added a little more, so if your kiddos are older check it out!
Here’s the HOWTO on how we set up our advent calendar, it’s really simple.
I hope that this helps you to find a way to savor and anticipate this season and all the joy it brings.
Also, I despise all things plastic, but we have this nativity set for Ruby and she loves playing with it and it has been great for these early years.
I have my eyes on a Waldorf version, I stumbled upon this homemade one that’s surprising inexpensive from Amazon that I may scoop up. I just wish it had the wise men too!
This Etsy shop has a good selection of Waldorf nativity sets.