Advent Devotional for kids?

Advent Devotional for kids? November 13, 2013

In addition to our wonderful collection of picture books that we like to read for Advent and Christmas, I was thinking of doing a more formal/structured devotional time when the little one is napping this Advent. Could anyone recommend any simple/gentle Advent devotionals for kids?

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  • Kat0427

    Texas Mommy, I love this picture of you with your boys! And, I love that you’re thinking about devotionals for your children. I’m just happy if I get my own prayer time accomplished, but I think it’s a great idea to instill this habit in our children at a young age. Our “devotional” time has necessarily been at the dinner table, when we say a special family prayer and then do the Jesse Tree prayers (in the years that I have my act together!). I’ll look forward to hearing other people’s suggestions.

  • Becky

    We’re going to try out the Advent Adventure from Holy Heroes (, but I haven’t heard from anyone how it is. We also ordered the Jesse Tree DVD that they have to go along with hanging the ornaments. That is supposed to be really awesome, but I haven’t tried anything yet!

  • We do evening prayer during Advent, with the entire family, and we involve scripture readings and hymns. It is really beautiful and my favorite part of Advent. We usually do this after dinner. I think the Jesse tree or the daily Mass reading with questions about what it means would be a nice addition for mid-day. That’s very simple.

  • Mary Alice

    I ordered a magnetic Jesse Tree from ETSY. It is really beautiful and simple, and it comes with a booklet that has the bible readings listed and then a little reflection. It cost about $40, which was worth it to me for something handmade which I think we will use for many years.

  • Link Please!!!

  • Mary Alice

    Here it is:

    If that link doesn’t work, go on ETSY and search Jesse Tree Magnet, it is this cute tree on a cookie sheet. It came really well packaged and arrived in just two or three days.

    I thought about sending you one, but I wasn’t sure if the little magnets would be stressful with little ones,warning that they are prime choking hazard size.

  • CatherineS

    My children have really enjoyed reading the book Jotham’s Journey during Advent. It is a story about a 10 year old shepherd boy at the time of Christ’s birth. If I remember correctly, it’s broken up into a chapter per day from Dec 1-25. It honestly is not the greatest literature out there, and some of it is really cheesy, but it has a good message and my kids *loved* it. There are 2 sequels you could use for later years too. The books are on sale at Sonlight right now.

  • Mrs F

    Could you share the list of books? We too have different ones we like to read during Advent, and we sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel as we lit the candles on the Advent wreath every evening. Also, you can collect straws for the manger with your children’s good deeds…

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    We do our Jesse tree reading just after dinner, while we are still sitting at the table with the advent wreath lit, then have evening prayers. I think a hymn would be very beautiful..great idea.

    I would like to do a mini-quiet time after I put the baby down, where I can read something simple and they can sit quietly and think/pray by the tree.

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Thank you for the suggestion!

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  • J’

    Putting all of this in my “pocket” for later when Pia is older!:)