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I’m really excited about the resource I’m reviewing today: Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families
by Amy Blevins.
It’s an Advent Guide chock full of all kinds of wonderful ideas–and it’s only $4.99!
Here are some examples of ideas I got from it that I’m going to try this year: Listening to a great version of A Christmas Carol on CD, wrapping up our Christmas books and opening one each day, using advent candles, listening to wonderful music–songs I haven’t thought of before, and baking some new treats!
What will you find in Celebrate Jesus?
- 213 pages in a downloadable ebook
- Each day of Advent (this year starts on Sunday December 1) has Scripture readings and activities listed
- Activities include listening to a particular song (you can use the website she suggests, or YouTube!)
- Lots of craft ideas
- 13 holiday recipes
- 24 pages of copywork
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What I like:
Here is what I really liked about this advent guide– It’s not overwhelming!
Each day is completely laid out for you. See Day One below. It has a Scripture printed there. (By the way, there are 2 versions–King James Version and English Standard Version.) That is the Scripture that you’ll read aloud with the family. There are also questions included for Moms and older teens to work through together.
So, at the table together, you’ll light the Advent candle (this can be simple, something you make, or something you buy). Then read the Scripture, sing or listen to the song, and then do an activity. Day One’s activity is to “act out” the darkness and then the Light coming into the darkness. Finally, you end with a question or two to think about and help everyone apply what they’ve learned.
One craft my kids enjoyed doing was using old Christmas cards to make placemats.
You’ll also find instructions for
- Beaded Wreath Ornaments
- A “Birthday Gift” for Jesus
- Star Ornament
- 3-D Nativity
- Paper Stars
- Cinnamon Ornaments
- Christmas Cards
- And more!
On certain days it’s suggested to have a simple treat during your study time. But there is also a recipe section. I wish I had time to try out all of these yummy recipes– including Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Bread Machine Rolls, Party Punch, and Company Potatoes.
Here are some pictures of copywork pages my kids did. There is a different Scripture for each of the 24 days of Advent. You may choose the ESV or KJV versions. I like that each page has a small picture to color as well. 🙂
About the Author:
Amy Blevins is a Christian homeschooling mom of 6 (including 4-year-old twins), is married to a military man, and lives in California. She is a blogger, and you can read more about her at her website Homeschool Encouragement. The products she has written include “Listening to Learn: Using Audio Files in Your Homeschool,”Thanksgiving Copywork for Children,” “Christmas Copywork for Children,” and “Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Resource for Families.”
(Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the KJV and ESV Ebook versions of Celebrate Christmas in order to write this honest review. I am also an affiliate for all of Amy Blevins’ products/books.)