Christmas: Advent Calendar

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Preparation

  • Print the pictures and the date cards. (Use seven sheets of white cardstock for the pictures and seven sheets of color cardstock for the date cards. You can use two different colors for the date cards if desired.)  Number the back of the pictures 1 through 25. (For example: Isaiah would be #1, Nephi would be #2,  the star and moon would be #3, and so forth.) Cut out the pictures and date cards. (A paper-cutter makes the job go faster.)
  • Attach the sign “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” to the top of a poster board or display board and attach the date cards underneath the sign with sticky tack (or purchase a pocket chart and place each date card in a pocket).
  •  For little ones, slip the matching pictures behind its date card in the pocket chart, or attach the scripture’s matching picture to the back of the date card before attaching it to the poster board.
  • Pocket Charts: If you have a pocket chart you can put items matching the scriptures into the back pockets such as a star or angel ornament to put on the tree, a candy cane like the shepherd’s crook, or a story, song, or activity that goes along with the scripture’s topic. Have the children check the pockets for additional fun things to do after reading the scripture. See here for a list of the scriptures so you can arrange what to put in the back pockets

Instructions:

Each day, starting on the first day of December, take a date card off the chart (going in numerical order) and read the scripture together as a family. Have the older children find the matching picture that goes with the scripture and replace the date card with the picture. Have the little ones turn the card around so the picture is showing and then put the card back in its spot if using a poster board, or, if using a pocket chart, take out the date card to display the picture behind it.

(The pictures and idea come from the Friend December 1985.)

Ideas for back pockets:

The 2016 Light the World advent cards could be put in the back pockets. Each card has activity ideas to do each day to serve and love like Jesus.

Day 3: Samuel the Lamanite (story) or video

Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus    Song accompaniment   Video

Day 7: Mary and the Angel Gabriel (video)

Day 8: Joseph and the Angel (video)

Other ideas:

Friend December 1986. Lace up ornaments. Print onto card stock. Punch holes in indicated spots. Lace up and tie ends together.


Jesus Birth: Story

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Friend December 2004  Flannel board figures

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Friend December 1988 “Sharing Time: Two Witnesses of Jesus Birth” Read the skit as the silhouettes are pressed against a backlit piece of fabric or sheet. (Book of Mormon & Bible tell of Jesus’ birth.)

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Friend December 2015 Read each page and put the picture on the calendar that goes with it. Music  Music video  1. Lamp 2. Mary 3. Joseph 4. Journey 5. Inn 6. Stable 7. Shepherds 8. Baby Jesus 9. Wise men 10. Nativity Story
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Friend December 2015 “The Nativity Story”

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Poems

Friend December 2001


Christmas: Stories

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Symbols of Christmas
Star

Friend December 1987 “Christmas Stars” Jody wants to be like the Christmas   star and lead people to Jesus by being a good example.

Gifts

Friend December 2016 “You can’t Wrap a Horse” A family talks about gifts–gifts that can’t be wrapped like service and the gift of our Savior from Heavenly Father.

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Finding Jesus at Christmas

Friend December 2015 ” Making Room for Christmas” A family decides which Christmas activities are most important.

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Friend December 2015 “Finding Jesus at Christmas” Luke learns that drawing closer to Jesus is true happiness. Activity Idea also.

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Friend December 1985 “The Answer Tree” A grandma put answers to her grandchild’s questions about Jesus onto tree ornaments. (activity idea)

 

 

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 Christmas Gift for Jesus

Friend December 1986 “A Christmas Gift For Jesus” A boy wants to get Jesus a gift, but he uses all his money to help others and learns that is the best gift.

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Thinking of Others at Christmas

Friend December 1980 -“Fish for Three” – A boy buys a Christmas feast for his family instead of something for himself.

Friend December 1980  – “Christmas Horse” – Girl spends her savings on Christmas for her family. She learns to think of others.

Friend December 1985 – “A Sharing Christmas” Rebus Story – Sue learns Christmas is much better when it is shared.

Friend December 1986 “Mommy’s Christmas” Justin helps his busy mom get ready for Christmas as a surprise.

Friend December 2015 A family who has very little gives to another family who has even less.

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Family at Christmas

Friend Dec 2014 “Matt and Mandy” 

Company for Christmas

Friend December 1986 “Cousin Everene” Stephen learns how to enjoy having an elderly relative visit for Christmas.

Christmas Service

Friend December 2016 “A Different Christmas” Christmas doesn’t feel right since Diego’s parents got divorced, but Diego brings joy back into Christmas by doing service.
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Giving Love at Christmas

Friend December 2016 “A Tree for Travis” Jacqueline feels sad for her friend who moved to a small trailer and doesn’t even have room for a Christmas tree. She thinks of an idea to give him a decorated branch, but it isn’t as nice as a tree. Her friend loves it, and Jacqueline realizes that gifts of love are what matters.

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Christmas Giving

Friend December 2016 “Matt and Mandy” Matt and Mandy learn there are lots of gifts we can give at Christmas that don’t cost money, like service.
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Friend December 2016 “The Getting Tree”  Tyler thought the tree at church was the “Getting Tree.” When he finds out that it’s the giving tree, he earns money to buy the toy and ends up “getting” a wonderful feeling.img_5655img_5657

 

 

 

 

Friend Dec 2014 “The Christmas Pony” Includes an activity idea and a coloring page

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Christmas Spirit Around the World

Friend December 1988 “The Sand Tree” Christmas doesn’t feel the same without snow, but Lynn and Jim discover the Christmas spirit is even in warm California.
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Christmas Tree

Sentimental
Friend December 2016 “Joel’s Family Christmas Tree” Each ornament is sentimental
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Jesus Birth: Activities & Games

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Friend December 1986. Lace up ornaments. Print onto card stock. Punch holes in indicated spots. Lace up and tie ends together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend December 2016 “Make Your Own Ornament”

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Christmas Riddles  – Each riddle gives clues about a person or place related to the story of Jesus’ birth. (Friend December 1984)

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Friend December 1981 Turn advent calendar into a game. See game pieces in “advent calendars”

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Friend December 1982 – matching game

 

 

 

Questions for each day

Questions for each day

Friend December 2015 Activity- Hide baby Jesus Statue and tell children they are warm when they get close. Explain that the more we look for Jesus in our lives and do the things to get nearer to Him, the warmer we feel inside and the happier we are.”

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Friend December 2015  Primary children collected food for a local food bank for the holidays. For each item donated, the children put a picture on the wall in the Primary room to build a Nativity scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Christmas: Advent Calendars

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Friend December 2015 Read each page and put the picture on the calendar that goes with it. 1. Music video 2. Mary 3. Joseph 4. Journey 5. Inn 6. Stable 7. Shepherds 8. Baby Jesus 9. Wise men 10. Nativity Story
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Friend December 2015

Friend December 1981

Friend December 1981

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Friend December 1981

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Friend December 2014 Christmas around the world

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Friend December 1988

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Friend December 1983

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Friend December 1984

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Friend December 1985 – For each day in December, read one of the following scriptures, in the order given , and then find the matching picture to put on a calendar: Isaiah 7:14, 2 Nephi 25:19, Helaman 14:6, Micah 5:2, Moses 6:57, Luke 1:13,17, Luke 1:26-27 & 30-32, Matthew 1:20-21, Luke 2:1, Luke 2:3, Luke 2:4-5, Luke 2:6, Luke 2:7, John1:1,3,14, Luke 2:8, Luke 2:9-11, Luke 2:16, Matthew 2:1-2, Matthew 2:3, Matthew 2:4, Matthew 2:7-8, Matthew 2:9, Matthew 2:11, D&C 20:1, Isaiah 9:6
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Friend December 1985

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Friend December 1986

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Pocket Chart Ideas

Ideas for candy free advent calendars from Overstuffed . Includes service ideas, activity ideas, Christmas books, etc.


Jesus Birth: Clipart

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Friend December 2001

Friend December 2015 “The Nativity Story”

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Friend August 1980

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