Try a New Family Tradition With Our Advent Bible Verses To Mark The Days of Christmas
Our advent bible study is a family tradition I love. We have been reading and studying advent bible verses every Christmas as a family ever since I can remember. We begin our study on December 1st and Mark the Days of Christmas by sharing a different bible verse every night. This is why I love our advent bible study so much:
- It brings our family together every night.
- We are in the Word of God every day.
- It helps us to remember the reason for the season, which is the birth of Jesus, of course!
- We get presents every day. (Okay, I admit it, but that is not the only reason why I love it! See 1,2 and 3 above!)
What is Advent
I think you can see why celebrating the advent is such a special time for our family. But , what is advent? I had to look it up. Here is what I found:
- Definition of Advent: : “the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting.” AND”a period of preparation for the birth of Jesus. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest to November 30 and continues until Christmas.”
- Advent Wiki: “Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.”
Yes! That is exactly what Advent means to us in our family. It is a celebration of the coming of Christmas, the coming or birth of Jesus. I think that is something really worth celebrating!
Celebrating the Season of Advent – Marking The DAys Of Christmas
This is how it works: My mom buys 25 small presents for each of us. Yes, both of us…that is kinda a lot of gifts! She wraps them and puts tags with numbers from 1-25 on each package. On the back of each tag is a bible verse that we are to study for that numbered night. Just like an advent calender. She sets our numbered boxes under the tree.
We begin on December first and gather around the tree each night as a family. We read our bible verses for the night and discuss how it relates to the birth of Jesus and what it means to us. We pray together as a family and afterwards we open the gift. The gifts are just small gifts like a candy bar, earrings, or small toys or goodies. They are just a fun celebration of the days of Christmas and a fun family tradition. Our first gift of the year is usually a candy cane with the candy cane poem attached.
My entire family looks forward to our advent bible study. My brother and I especially love it. The gifts sometimes get a little bigger as we get closer to Christmas! On Christmas night we do one last verse together celebrating the birth of Jesus and all that it means. We end our night in prayer before we slink off to bed with visions of sugar plums and the birth of our Savior in our heads.
This is a family tradition I highly recommend adopting for your family. It is very special and super fun way to remember the reason for the season. The birth of Jesus, of course!
Below is a list of bible verses you can use for your advent bible study. You can, of course, use any verse you wish to study. Since it is an advent study it might be a good idea to study the birth of our Savior. But, whatever speaks to your heart, well, go for it. The bible verses below are simply a guide you can use to mark the days of Christmas. I hope you enjoy our family tradition as much as we do.
Advent Bible Verses
- Micah 5:2-5a
- Psalm 72
- Isaiah 11:1-6
- Psalm 121
- Romans 15:12-13
- Isaiah 7:14-15
- Isaiah 9:6-7
- Psalm 98
- Luke 1:26-38
- Luke 1:39-45
- Luke 1:46-50, 56
- Matthew 1:18-25
- John 3:16-17
- John 1:14-16
- Isaiah 12:5-6
- Luke 2:!5-20
- Psalm 100
- Matthew 2:1-6
- Numbers 24:17
- Matthew 2:7-10
- Matthew 2:11-12
- Proverbs 3:5-8
- Psalm 145
By the way, you don’t have to do this every single day in December. It is great if you can but people get busy and sometimes it is hard. Maybe you just want to do this the 4 Sundays before Christmas. Or, you can do it the 12 days of Christmas if you want. Or you can just do it when you can and that is fun too. Whatever fits into your family schedule is just perfect. I wish you and your family an awesome advent season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless you all.