Advent chains – a very easy Advent activity!

Advent chains – a very easy Advent activity! November 30, 2013

My sister Abby Tardiff is once again providing a template for advent chains.  

1.  Go to this link on Dropbox and print out all six pages.  Cut along the lines so you have strips.

2.  If you want to be fancy, you can paste the strips to colored paper — purple for the first, second, and fourth weeks, and pink for the third.  If you don’t want to get fancy, just use them as is, or let the kids color the pictures in.  Make a paper chain and hang it in a prominent place.

3.  Each day of Advent, starting tomorrow, December 1, you cut snip chain and read the appropriate verse inside.  This is a nice visual activity for kids, because they can see the chain getting shorter and shorter as you approach Christmas day.  Some people draw out the lesson that the chains of sin grow weaker and weaker as the Savior draws near.  One year, I gussied up a few of the links with a hint to where the kids could find some kind of treat (chocolate in the mailbox, that kind of thing).

That’s it! Thanks, Abby.



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  • Abby

    The references are here:

    Each strip also has an unrelated picture on it that represents one story in Salvation History, so you can make a Jesse tree. The idea is to cut out the circle (the pictures can be colored, pasted on heavy paper, etc.) and then read the corresponding stories to the children. We use a children’s Bible for younger children. Hang the ornaments each day on a bare branch in a vase on your table.

    From December 17-23, the ornaments represent the O Antiphons. The song “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is based on these. They’re from the antiphons recited during Vespers on these days. Here’s an article about them:

  • TheReluctantWidow

    Thank you Abby for sharing your creativity and Thank you Simcha for sharing your sister!