Celebrate the Christmas Season With an Advent Calendar

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"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" So goes the line to the popular holiday song. But does it remind you of how your life looks at Christmastime? We as Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but life in a fallen world doesn't take a yuletide timeout. Indeed, for many, the season of Advent is marked not by good cheer, but by sorrow and dissatisfaction. 

For our new, 2015 Advent calendar, we've collected a number of true stories of Christmastime. Together these stories point to the central, eternal theme of Christmas: Into the darkness has come a great light. As you read these stories with your kids, you'll see that there's something about Christmastime that really does make it seem special. Unexpected acts of honesty and generosity display the "Christmas spirit." Kindness and warmth toward strangers are evidence of "Christmas cheer."

But perhaps you are looking for a past Focus on the Family Advent calendar, a more traditional calendar or Advent readings and activities. These items are still available once you sign up for the newest calendar. Just scroll further down the page to find them. 

Some of our past calendars that are still free downloads are:

2012 Advent calendar
Knowing Him by Name
Faith activities for you to do with your children during Advent
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2011 Advent calendar
Countdown to Christmas
Prepare for Christmas with the hope of the patriarchs, anticipation of the prophets and joy of the shepherds
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2010 Advent calendar
A Traditional Advent Calendar
Get daily insights, Scripture readings and activities for Advent
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Celebrate Advent Season by Letitia Suk
Learn more about Advent candles, the wreath and readings. 
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Two Advent calendars that are now only
Available for purchase:

Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar

Take your family on a fun-filled journey to the manger this Christmas season. Learn more about Bible characters related to the Nativity and help teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas. Packed full of fun activities, dive into each day of Advent with devotions and activities that will engage the entire family. Each book includes an Advent poster, Bible character stickers, daily faith activities, readings, kids' puzzles, and more.

Adventures in Odyssey Advent Activity Calendar

Take time this Christmas season to connect with your kids in a meaningful way while enjoying a very special Advent in Odyssey. Prepare for Christmas with 25 Adventures in Odyssey activities, devotions and prayers. Cut out and decorate the paper craft Odyssey town and make your own Whit and Eugene characters. This Christmas, start a new family tradition with Adventures in Odyssey!

Portions of the Advent calendars mentioned in this article first appeared in Thriving Family magazine or the December 2000 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Did you enjoy finding out about these Advent calendars? Find more family-friendly articles and activities in Thriving Family magazine. For a donation of any amount, subscribe to Thriving Family today!

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