Preparing for Christmas :: Seven Fun Finds for Advent
The past few years I have shared some of my “Fun Finds for Advent.” I had every intention of finishing up this year’s post last Monday or Tuesday before our guests arrived for Thanksgiving, but I just wasn’t able to squeeze it in… Even though it is a little late, here is what we are adding to our usual traditions
for this Advent!
#1: Wise Men ADVENTures
Inspired once again
by Catholic Inspired
, we are going to be enjoying some Wisemen Adventures
this Advent! The Wise Men had one last game of Farkle
to finish last night before they set out to search for the Christ Child… Our oldest two boys (who will be keeping the wise men on the move all through Advent!)
are having so much fun with this already! And I couldn’t resist emphasizing the “ADVENT” in Adventures. 🙂
It’s not too late to join the fun! Put that Elf
back on the shelf and pick up some Wise Men
! 😉 We will be using the Playmobil Wise Men
, but any would work just fine. I read that Jennifer will be hosting a link-up, so be sure to take pictures each day!
#2: The Jesse Box
I also pulled out The Jesse Box
! I was given this last year as a sample, but just didn’t have the time to review it back then. I pulled it out this week and am so excited to use it with my children this year. (Update: You can find all the details and additional downloads, activities and lesson ideas on the website created by the makers of The Jesse Box
Each week we will be creating a new scene based on the Gospel Reading for the week!
#3: The New Holy Heroes Jesse Tree DVD
#4: Saints of Advent
#5: Advent Calendars
I love that Advent begins on December 1st this year and so nicely coordinates with our favorite Advent Calendar! Along with our original Jesse Tree, this Advent Calendar (pictured above) was one of our very first Advent traditions… It is still a favorite!
This year, since Advent doesn’t often land on December 1st, I did something I have never done before and bought a few
totally secular fun Advent Calendars for the children. Originally I had just bought the Playmobil Winter Wonderland calendar (for Snuggles and Bud to share), but with the great sales this past week I added the two lego calendars (for the four older children to share) as well, along with a chocolate calendar for my husband and Rose!
(*all way over priced at the moment…)
“Mama! Deer, Deer!” Yep, I knew he would love that! 🙂
This year we are going to assemble “The Invitiation” – a gorgeous Noah’s Ark themed 1,000 piece puzzle
(along with this Ark-Full Animals Puzzle
or this Animal Alphabet
for the younger ones) to go along with some of our Jesse Tree readings! I’m also still considering this lovely 12 Days of Christmas Puzzle
for during the 12 days of Christmas…. So pretty!
#7: Celebrating Advent and Christmas with Children
Celebrating Advent and Christmas with Children
is a brand new book by Colleen Rooney which was just released last month! Colleen kindly offered to send me a review copy along with a second copy to offer to one of my visitors here at Shower of Roses!
It is such a beautiful book, packed with great ideas and recipes, and is a welcomed addition to my collection. I look forward to trying some of her ideas with my own family soon!
Check out the additional “Fun Finds For Advent” in the archives:
I hope you all have a very blessed Advent!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.