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Alphabetically listed are 25 items commonly associated with Advent and Christmas, one object lesson per day.

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Advent alphabet

  1. 1. Creative Youth Ideas Advent Alphabet Alphabetically listed are 25 itemscommonly associated with Advent and Christmas, one object lesson per day.
  2. 2. What do sand, trees, money,pearls, wheat, and mustardseeds have in common?Jesus used them all astangible symbols or objectlessons to help his disciplesto understand andremember intangible truths.The Master Communicatoroften attached deepermeanings to common thingsand objects. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  3. 3. Alphabetically listed are 25items commonly associatedwith Advent and Christmas,one object lesson per daystarting December 1, to helpyour family attach deeperspiritual insight to traditionalcustoms and apply what theyhave learned to everydaylife. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  4. 4. Aromas (December 1)Identify Christmas scents bysmelling small bags containingapple slice, bayberry candle,clove, ginger, peppermint, orpine cone. Place fresh evergreensaround. Add spices, (rosemary,laurel, bay, sage) to wreaths andgreens. Make a pomander ball bypressing whole cloves into anunpeeled orange and hanging itas a symbol for Christmasfragrances. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  5. 5. Bells (Dec. 2)Sing “Jingle Bells” while eachfamily member shakes therhythm with a bell. Make aset of bell chimes by fillingwater glasses unequally andsee who can tap out arecognizable melody with aspoon. Hang bells as thesymbol. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  6. 6. Candles (Dec. 3)To reinforce the symbolism oflight use Christmas candles. Linea driveway or walk withluminaries (candles set in openpaper lunch bags half filled withsand) Set votive or electricalcandles in windows. Make acandle carving by tracing a designonto a thick candle and shavingaway the wax with a knife. Eatdinner by candlelight. Take a fewquiet moments of meditation bycandlelight. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  7. 7. Decorations (Dec. 4)Go out to view decorations andvote on the one which bestcommunicates the true meaningof Christmas. Sing carols aboutdecorations between stops (“Deckthe Halls” “Jingle Bells”). Begin tohang your Christmas decorations.Create personalized paperplacemats with drawings, stickers,dry transfers, markers, and paintsand cover them with plastic wrapor clear shelf adhesive topreserve them. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  8. 8. Eating (Dec. 5)Use a cookie as today’ssymbol. Make some wassail.Wassail means “be well” sodrink each cup as a toast toeach other’s health. Makeplates of cookies as giftsand watch your childrenenjoy the true meaning ofChristmas - giving to others. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  9. 9. Friends (Dec 6)Prepare a conversational activityand snacks for friends who dropin. You might set up a table witha jigsaw puzzle (500-1000 pieces)to try to complete by Christmaswith the help of friends. It’sappropriate that Jesus firstfriendly visitors were shepherdsfor he became the goodshepherd. Hang candy canes,shaped like a shepherd’s crook. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  10. 10. Greetings (Dec 7)Place Christmas cards received ina basket on the dinner table andtake turns reading one at eachmeal. Share happy memories ofthe senders and include them inprayers. Make a “Good Newspaper” about Jesus’ birth,including a birthdayannouncement, copy of Caesar’scensus decree, interview withKing Herod, a notice about thefree concert by the Herald angelsin pastures near Bethlehem, etc.The good news of Christmas isthat a Savior has been born. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  11. 11. Home (Dec. 8)People without a home or away fromhome tend to feel more lonely atChristmas time. God understandsbecause his Son was away from homefor the first time on Christmas Eve.Joseph and Mary spent their firstChristmas in Bethlehem, about 60 milesfrom their home in Nazareth (a 3 daytrip). Having no friends or relatives withwhom to stay, and no advancereservations at an overbooked hotel,they spent Christmas in a stable. Thefirst home of Jesus, our Spiritual Breadof Life, was Bethlehem which means“house of Bread” Sing “O LittleTown of Bethlehem as your familyprayer.” Symbol: house. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  12. 12. Individuals (Dec 9)The ultimate meaning forChristmas is personal, theneed for each person toreceive God’s gift offorgiveness and eternal life.As a symbol use a pictureframe with the child’spicture. Read “A ChristmasCarol" by Dickens to focuson the needs of others. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  13. 13. Jesus (Dec. 10)Hang a cross tosymbolize Jesus. Have aBirthday celebration forJesus with a star shapedcake. Wrap a toy anddonate to a charity as agift to Christ. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  14. 14. Kin (Dec. 11)Christmas is a time tobe with family. Hang afamily symbol or photo.Talk about Jesus family.Do something togetheras a family.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  15. 15. Love (Dec. 12)Hang a heart as thesymbol. Make a largered heart and write onit the qualities of truelove from I Cor. 13CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  16. 16. Music (Dec. 13)Hang a musical note as asymbol. Invite friends tojoin you in singing carolsfor shut ins or seniors.Play Christmas musicaround the house.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  17. 17. Nativity (Dec. 14)Set out a nativity scene. Addpieces daily explaining theirrelationship to the mangerstory. Leave the mangerempty with a box of straw.When children do gooddeeds let them place a pieceof straw in the manger withthe goal of having it filled forChristmas when you placeJesus in it. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  18. 18. Nativity (Dec. 14)Set out a nativity scene. Addpieces daily explaining theirrelationship to the mangerstory. Leave the mangerempty with a box of straw.When children do gooddeeds let them place a pieceof straw in the manger withthe goal of having it filled forChristmas when you placeJesus in it. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  19. 19. Ornaments (Dec. 15)Help children makepersonal ornaments.Make or purchase onecross ornament as areminder that Jesuscradle was the preludeto the cross.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  20. 20. Present (Dec. 16)To focus on giving gifts orpresents: help someone lessfortunate throughdonations. Help each personchoose and wrap a symbolof an intangible gift for Jesus(i.e. a heart for love, a clockfor time, etc.) CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  21. 21. Questions (Dec. 17)Hang a question markon the tree. Have aquiz on Christmasfacts, a spelling bee onChristmas words, etc.The wisemen asked aquestion in Matt 2:2seeking Jesus toworship him.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  22. 22. Red (Dec. 18)How many red Christmasitems can you name?Hang one as a symbol.Red symbolizes theblood of Christ, as wellas, red holly berries andpoinsettia leaves whichare vivid reminders oflife in a lifeless winter. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  23. 23. Red (Dec. 18)How many red Christmasitems can you name?Hang one as a symbol.Red symbolizes theblood of Christ, as wellas, red holly berries andpoinsettia leaves whichare vivid reminders oflife in a lifeless winter.
  24. 24. Stocking (Dec. 19)Renouncing wealth toserve as a church leader,legend says SaintNicholas gave hisinherited wealth awayby putting gold instockings hung to dry.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  25. 25. Tree (Dec. 20)Establish some familytraditions based around theChristmas Tree. Explain howthree trees explain theChristmas story - Adam lostaccess to the tree of life byeating from the forbiddentree but Jesus reopened theway to the tree of life by hissacrifice on the cross (itselfa tree). CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  26. 26. Unwrapping (Dec. 21)Use an open box tosymbolize theunwrapping of gifts.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  27. 27. Vacation (Dec. 22)Create a vacationcalendar and on itcreatively plan andbuild anticipation asto how holidays canbe spent.CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  28. 28. Wreath (Dec. 23)See who can count themost circular Christmasitems around the house.A wreath is like Jesus inthat it never ends. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  29. 29. Xmas (Dec. 24)Christmas literally means"celebration of Christ"The X represents the firstletter of Christ in theGreek alphabet. Hang aChi-Rho cross as asymbol, the first twoletters of Christ. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
  30. 30. Yule (Dec. 25)Yule is another name for the ChristmasSeason. You might use a Yule log as asymbol. On Christmas morning askchildren to stay in bed until they hearChristmas music playing. No Christmaspresents are to be opened untileveryone is present. Share a worshiptime before opening gifts. Do at leastone fun activity as a family. MakeChristmas dinner special with acenterpiece and lighted candles.. MakeChristmas place cards with Scripturesto be read. See which family memberscan share the significance of the 25ornamental symbols hung this month. CreativeChristmasIdeas.com
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