Advent {Dec 25} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Tuesday  December 25

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

Question: What can we give to God?  What should our attitude be when we give?

Daily Challenge (for the Day after Christmas)

Small Child:  God loves a cheerful giver.  Choose a toy that you don’t use anymore and cheerful put it in the “donate” box.

Student:  God loves a cheerful giver.  Choose a toy that you don’t use anymore and cheerful put it in the “donate” box.

Teen:  God loves a cheerful giver.  Choose something that you own that you don’t use much anymore and cheerful put it in the “donate” box. OR Volunteer for something today that will take a small amount of your time and cheerfully help the person in need (i.e. help someone clean up a mess)

Adult:  Purge your house and cheerfully give away all but your favorites to charity OR sign up to give your precious time to volunteer for a one-time event.  Cheerfully give your time.

Advent {Dec 24} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Monday December 24

1 Thessalonians 4:11

11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,

 

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Find a picture of yourself in a photo album doing your favorite Christmas traditions.

Student:  Pick up a piece of litter today and throw it in the trash.  Even though we aren’t in Heaven, we can keep our home (earth) beautiful.

Teen/Adult:  Think of all the preparation for Christmas:  shopping, decorating, baking, etc.   It’s so easy to get caught up in all the activities that we forget that the REASON for all of this fuss is that we’re celebrating the birth of our Savior.  Keep the reason for the season in mind today as you bustle through last-minute preparations.

December Delights {Day 24}

Dec 24 – What’s the stocking tradition for your family?  Do you hang stockings?  Where are the stockings from?  Are the hangers significant?  Did anyone ever get coal?  What comes in the stockings?  Can they open them upon awakening?

Please note:  Many of these ideas are from http://aliedwards.com December Daily journaling prompts (for creating a Dec Scrapbooking Journal) and http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/ message boards.  Some ideas are left as is, some are my own ideas for focusing on the details of the season.

Advent {Dec 23} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Sunday December 23

Luke 2:7

and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Ask your mom about your own birth story.

Student:  Ask your mom about your own birth story.  Learn about when and where you were born and how excited everyone was when they heard the news.

Teen:  What are some of the gifts that God has given us?  Are we as excited about God’s gifts for us as we are about earthly/material things?

Adult:  What was the biggest thing you were excited about today?  God loves for us to be joyful with the world He’s created for us.  Just remember that even on the worst day, we can still find something to be happy and excited about…that God is with us and will come again for us.

Advent {Dec 22} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Saturday December 22

Mark 1:35 

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed

Question:  Have you asked Jesus to forgive you for your sin?

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  The next time that someone hurt you, forgive them by saying “I forgive you.”(even if they don’t say “Sorry” )

Student:  Write down a sin that you made.  Ask Jesus to forgive you and then rip it up and throw it away.

Teen:  Write down a sin that you made.  Ask Jesus to forgive you and then rip it up and throw it away.

Adult:  Write down a sin that you made.  Ask Jesus to forgive you and then rip it up and throw it away.  Then – make sure you let it go AND the burden with it.  God has forgiven you.  Make sure you accept the forgiveness and move on with a renewed heart.

 

 


December Delights {Day 22}

Dec 22 – Who are the special people that you see only at Christmas?  How are these people special to you?

Please note:  Many of these ideas are from http://aliedwards.com December Daily journaling prompts (for creating a Dec Scrapbooking Journal) and http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/ message boards.  Some ideas are left as is, some are my own ideas for focusing on the details of the season.

December Delights {Day 21}

Dec 21 – What are your childhood memories of Christmas?  Ask children what is their favorite Christmas memory?

Please note:  Many of these ideas are from http://aliedwards.com December Daily journaling prompts (for creating a Dec Scrapbooking Journal) and http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/ message boards.  Some ideas are left as is, some are my own ideas for focusing on the details of the season.