Merry Christmas Time! My grandkids and I are enjoying Advent devotions and activities for kids and grand children in the midst of fun and sometimes chaotic days. Along with an old favorite of mine, The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel, I also found a great little Christmas ebook full of Advent activities, ideas, Bible verses, book ideas and more for children from Amanda Bennett, that is giving me a good "roadmap" to follow during this season.
It's actually geared for homeschooling, but works well for grandparents babysitting grandchildren as well, so there is plenty there for those who want to use it every day for the whole month. I'm just picking and choosing from it, though, during the moments I have. It's nice to have this roadmap though, as God brings to mind different things from it to share with a grandkid here or there periodically. This is one of the encouraging Bible verses from the first week…
“In him [Jesus] was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
…along with another favorite of mine…
Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world ; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." John 8:12
One of the grands spent the night, and as I was helping him get dressed in the morning, we sang Christmas carols and talked about Jesus coming to earth as a baby, and how that fulfilled so many prophecies – something this series focuses on. And don't these Scriptures go great with Sunday's praise and worship music from Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman, Light of the World? :) I love it when God helps a very busy, sometimes overwhelmed Sandwich Generation granny nanny like that.
P.S. You can find more Advent activities and ideas for all ages, from kids to seniors, at Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365.
P.P.S. If you are looking for a great Christmas resource for Advent devotionals for the kids or grand children, click here to find out more about this Christmas Adventure "download n go, or click here to check out The ADVENTure of Christmas by Lisa Whelchel. They are both terrific resources for us – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation!
P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.