I’m always searching for faith-nurturing ideas that busy families can actually do. This week I found two of them. Got rocks or blocks? Then you’re ready to roll.
1. Simple Stone Advent Calendar Nativity Scene
This Simple Stone Advent Calendar Nativity Scene provides a handsome and faith-nurturing Advent display for your home. It’s also a hands-on way to build anticipation about the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Some additional ideas for using it:
No popsicle sticks? No problem. Make a stable with building blocks or LEGO™, or cut off the top of a tissue box and stand the box on its long edge.
Use paint or permanent markers to number the stones.
Stick with the biblical timeline by placing shepherds at the end of the path (not wisemen as suggested in the instructions—they came later).
Place a small scrap of paper under each stone with a Bible story or verse you’d like to read that day. Tip: If you’ve got a set of God’s Big Story cards you’ve already got a great reading guide. Place one of each of the following cards under each stone: # 1-9, 11-12, 14-15, 18, 20, 30, 33, 40, 44, 56, 69, 80-83 (reversing the order of 83 and 82).
2. Wooden Blocks Advent Nativity Display
If I had a Do-ability Award for Advent I’d give it to this 2017 Advent Family Devotional Guide. All you need are nine wooden blocks and some colored markers. The display is simple and the activities are joyful (and even more importantly for busy families, peaceful!)
I don’t know where these great ideas were when my kids were little. Back then I was feverishly sewing a Jesse Tree wall hanging into the wee hours of the first day of Advent (and then spending the rest of the month settling disputes over who got to hang which ornament on it). But I’m so glad that ideas like these are here now. Pass them on!