Click here to download this year’s Advent calendar – Advent Calendar 2012
Dear Faith Church families,
We are excited that you want to journey with us through Advent and join us in preparing ourselves to welcome the Baby Jesus this year! Attached to this note is our 2012 Advent Calendar. There are lots of fun activities to do as a family to get ready for Christmas. We encourage you to do as many as your family can manage during this often busy season. We hope that you will make sure to carve out space in each day to prioritize time with your family and to prepare your hearts and homes for welcoming the Christ-child this Christmas.
There are two traditions that you can use with this calendar. The first is to just simply do the activities on the calendar. You can combine it with a fun Advent calendar or Christmas countdown you have at home or just cross off the days on this calendar until you get to Christmas. The second way is to include an Advent wreath. The wreath does not have to be fancy: there are 4 candles in the wreath (usually 3 purple and 1 pink) and 1 in the center of the wreath that is white. Each day at home, the candles are lit, perhaps before the evening meal — one candle the first week, and then another each following week until December 25th. The pink candle is usually lit on the third Sunday of Advent. As the candles are lit, refer to this calendar for devotionals or activities to do when you light your wreath each night. All candles, including the white candle, are lit on Christmas Eve. The white candle signifies the birth of Christ.
This year, we are celebrating advent as a time of anticipation. Discuss together as a family what it means to anticipate. With the coming of the Baby Jesus (and also His second coming – which has yet to happen), we wait with excitement for many things. For Advent 2012, we are focusing on four aspects of what Jesus brings: freedom, love, comfort and healing. We pray that as you get excited for Christmas, you will find Jesus to be even more exciting!
Merry Christmas! from Faith Quest Children’s Ministries