10 great ideas for Christmas and Advent


The run-up to Christmas, traditionally celebrated as Advent, is such a busy time, but also a powerful time to remember, celebrate and absorb the incredible story of when God became a human baby. All families have traditions around Christmas, so all we need to do is intentionally use them to give everyone the opportunity to connect with the story. Here are a few ideas:

1 Play with a nativity set. You might like to use it as an excuse/opportunity to invest in a new one. Here are my favourites!

2 Use a candle to create a moment to reflect and pray.

3 Buy a Real Advent Calendar – fairtrade chocolate, a booklet with the story in it and a donation to medical work in Kenya – what’s not to love?

4 Make a pockets Advent calendar. You can get GodVenture Advent Pocket Cards which contain 24 cards with a sentence of the Christmas story on each to put in your pockets. You can buy the pockets from loads of places online. Or use envelopes or socks and peg them onto a piece of ribbon or string. You can fill it with chocolates, a section of the Christmas story on a rolled-up piece of paper or pieces from your nativity set like Play Mobil. You choose!

5 Read Christmas books. Collect 24 books and read a new one each day or read a chapter a day of a longer book. Here are my 24 favourite Christmas books.

6 Introduce the Kindness Elves – a lovely alternative to Elf on the Shelf, encouraging the family to develop their kindness muscles. There are loads of ideas for this on Pinterest.

7 Make and play with Christmas fuzzy felt. Easy to make, hours of fun.

8 Put on your own nativity play. The script here works for two to two hundred people, written specifically with families in mind.

9 Create and use a Gingerbread Nativity to explore the story. Loads more details in on this post.

10 Use the GodVenture Sticker Advent Calendar. Stickers for every day of Advent and the story to follow along.

For more ideas and Activities to explore at Christmas visit my 50 Faith at home ideas for Christmas here.