Getting Ready for the Advent Season {with giveaway!}

affiliate linkFor several years, we have done a Jesse Tree devotional during the Advent season.  While I loved the tradition of telling the story of Christ from the beginning of Creation to the time of His birth, I felt like the message was not quite reaching my children, especially the younger crowd.

This year, I decided to switch things up and purchase Truth in the Tinsel as our Christmas devotional.

Each day leading up to Christmas is filled with Bible reading, discussion geared toward the younger child, and a simple, but meaningful craft.  We will be making 2 of each ornament for our tree so the children can work in groups with the olders helping the youngers.

I had a blast gathering up all the supplies and separating them out into “Advent Bags” like I had seen on Confessions of a Homeschooler (I also snagged some of her Advent Ornaments to use as tags for the outside of the bags).

However, I realize not everyone enjoys, nor has time for, the craftiness of ornament making.  Just this year, Truth in the Tinsel came out with premade printable ornaments for those of you who want to do the devotional without the craft!

You can also find Truth in the Tinsel in Spanish, and your entire Sunday School class can do the devotional with a 4 week Truth in the Tinsel Church Curriculum!

Amanda White, author of Truth in the Tinsel, has been gracious enough to give my readers a 20% off coupon code:

and I’ll be giving away 1 copy of Truth of Tinsel this week!
(scroll down to find the giveaway widget – email readers click here)

I also wanted to tell you about a new find from this past week that has me excited to share with my family and with all of you – Nature Study Through the Holidays.

This ebook is separated into weekly activities that include Scripture references, hymns to sing, and nature study ideas.  One idea is to take a Red & Green Walk.  The children go out and look for red and green things in God’s creation and record them.  There are also suggestions for gifts your children can make from things they find in nature and ideas for keeping Christ and the peace He offers at the forefront of the season.  This Advent Nature Study is well done and I am sure our family will be making many memories surrounding the activities found in it.

You can purchase Nature Study Through the Holidays here for only $5.00!

If you have any questions about how our family intends to use either of the products, don’t hesitate to ask.  This is my first year using both, so I won’t have all the kinks worked out, but I do have a general plan as to when and how we’ll be fitting these in to our December days.

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128 thoughts on “Getting Ready for the Advent Season {with giveaway!}

  1. We usually do an Advent devotional, but I am not familiar with this one. I’d love to try it out and I’m sure my kids woudl love it!

  2. We did an advent devotional last year but the kids were very young and may not have picked up much. I’m looking forward to this year.

  3. Hi Amy, I tried using the coupon code and it said it was invalid. There was not a link to contact Amanda on the Truth in Tinsel page. Thank you for your help!

  4. We do an advent devotional with an advent wreath before dinner. It’s a tradition my family had that I want to pass on to my kids – to help them focus on the CHRIST of Christmas in the midst of all the busyness and materialism of the season.

  5. I love getting your email notifications! You are an inspiration to this homeschool mother of 4 in Idaho. We have only done the LEGO advent calendar (how sad is that?!) so this would be fun to do this year. Thanks!

  6. Last year we did an intense study on 25 names of Jesus. It was good, but too much! Truth in Tinsel looks more our speed:)

  7. We haven’t done an advent devotional. Though we talk about Christ often through the season. Last year we read a Christmas story every day, the kids enjoyed that. This year I’m planning on doing the same thing, but want to wrap one for each day of December up to Christmas. Not all the stories are Christ Centered, but they are fun and if I get one we don’t like I don’t keep it. I make sure the one we read on Christmas eve is the true Christmas story, we have several with different pictures that we will use through the season. I’ve heard of Truth in Tinsel and thought it looks interesting.

  8. We do a Jesse Tree devotional and make ornaments for our Jesse tree, but I’ve also always felt that the little ones don’t make the connection. This seems like a great book!

  9. So far we have not done anything Advent related and I never did one growing up either. My oldest is now 3 and we do family Bible/worship time every night. I think this would be a great year to start the Advent thing with him and his little sister. The craft part would be a perfect way to spend time with them since baby 3 will probably be here before December!

  10. We never have, but now that the children are getting slightly older (age 5 is the oldest), I think it may be time to start :-)

    Thanks!
    Nancy

  11. I bought the Jesse Tree Advent Devotional to do this year but my children(6,3,2,4mo) are younger than yours so I’m thinking maybe I’ll save that for a few years and try this instead. Thanks for posting!

  12. I’m not good about doing organized devotionals but for the last 2 years we’ve had a magnet set that you add a piece to the scene every day in December. I’m planning to do better this year though!

  13. I’ve always wanted to do an advent study with my family, but I’ve honestly never found quite the right one. This one looks great for the ages of my kids! I’d love to win it!

  14. hello Amy it took me a while to figure out how to publish my comment,but i finally got it! Our little family consists of my three year old son Ty and myself.I have purposed to raise him with the knowledge of our heavenly Father,so I would love to enter to win Truth In The Tinsel.-Lisa

  15. I have never heard of this before, can’t wait to look into it! I’ve had the same problem with other studies that were to hard for my little guys so maybe this one could be a success. Thanks!

  16. We’ve always added a Christmas theme to our regular daily family devotionals, as well as, singing Christmas hymns. I’d love to add something in with a bit more structure and a craft.

  17. We do an advent devotional that encompasses the songs about Christmas, it has some crafts and snacks and lighting of the advent candles. I cannot think of the name of it right now.

  18. We’ve done a paper advent chain with a preparation activity (i.e. make cookies, send a card to a relative) and a verse on each link. I’m not sure if that will still work with the range of ages we have now.

  19. We do a Jesse Tree type of devotional during December and have been blessed by it many years. Would love something new to try as well.

  20. I would love to have a copy of this book. We do the adventwreath with a devotional nightly. But I just Baby #8 and realize I need to findsomething for this year. Kind of behind on things this year with our sweet distraction.

  21. We just found out my husband will be deployed this December. Our children are just now getting old enough that I wanted to start focusing on the meaning of Christmas a little more, ages 5 and 3. This looks like it may be nice for me and the kids to do while my hubby is gone. Peace this Christmas season is going to have a different meaning for our family. Thank you for your blog ministry! I enjoy your perspective on everything ;0)

  22. We use the month of December to focus on the meaning of Christmas, but we don’t necessarily do an Advent activity each year – really depends on the family dynamics at the time. We have 5 kids ages 7, 5, 4, 2, and 1 and baby due in March so we try to keep things fun and hands on while creating traditions at the same time.

  23. I have been wanting to use Truth in the Tinsel this year so a coupon code is a blessing! I look forward to reading your thoughts and tips as December unfolds.

  24. Looks like a fun idea. I love simple crafts, especially if someone else has already come up with the idea and supply list! :) Would love to try this this year for advent.

  25. Yes, I try to do some sort of Advent devotional, but it changes every year. Thanks for the giveaway! Another blog also featured it!

  26. We haven’t yet really. We had a calendar that had tiny books with the Christmas story that we read each night. This year I think the kids are old enough to get more out of a real devotional. :)

  27. We do an advent calendar that I made last year with scripture and a little memory item that the kids just love, Truth in the Tinsel sounds like it would be a nice addition.

  28. We enjoy the advent season and are always looking for ways to celebrate it. The Arnold Ytreeide books are great but we would love to add some crafts and different activities. Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. We have never done an Advent devotional as a family, but it seems like a good idea to begin doing so now that our kids are getting a little older. I like the idea of this one having crafts involved. I can use all the help in the craftiness department I can get! :-)

  30. We did an advent last year, but I made it up and to be honest it wasn’t done well at all. I love the idea of this and hope to win, but will probably buy it if I don’t. Were the supplies mostly stuff around the house or was there a lot of expense involved?

  31. This will be our 1st year of starting an advent tradition in our family as our kids are now just getting to an age where they can participate! I would love to win this, but if I don’t I will be purchasing!

  32. We haven’t done an Advent devotional yet, but this year we will be instituting more of our own family traditions, so this would be a great way to start.

  33. Yes, we do a devotional. We have several that we switch around so it is not the same every year. Some years I need something really, really simple and some years I’m up to a bit more.

  34. We currently do not have a regular advent devotional we do. I have wanted to for a few years. Even bought a advent wreath and candles. This year is the year. I just started homeschooling this year so I am hoping to make it part of our schedule.

  35. I have never done an advent book with my children or any kind of countdown with them. I think this book would be a great way to start a new tradition we a focus on Christ.