Six New Things for Advent

Check these new resources for Advent and Christmas.

Look!  A Child’s Guide to Advent & Christmas (Paraclete) by Laura Alary presents Advent as a time of paying attention to the ways God comes to us.  With a discussion and activity guide, Anne E. Neuberger’s That Baby in the Manger (Paraclete) opens conversation with children about what baby Jesus looked like.  Nativity (Simon & Schuster) by Cynthia Rylant includes the Beatitudes.  Gladys Nellist uses the language and rhythm of Clement C. Moore but focuses on Jesus in ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas (Zonderkidz).

Advent Journey Coloring Posters from Illustrated Children’s Ministry are accompanied by Coloring Pages, a Devotional Guide, and An Illustrated Advent for Families.

The Advent Bundle and Christmas Bundle from A Sanctified Art encompasses nine multimedia resources inspired by the theme, Let There Be Light.  The SALT Project offers a customizable short film, coloring posters and pages, and a devotional coloring book.  LEAD’s free Advent resources include four contemplative prayer liturgies and coloring pages.

Traci Smith and Praying in Color offer a variety of printable Advent calendars for families.  Families Celebrate Advent & Christmas (Augsburg Fortress) is a deck of cards with rituals, prayers, reflections and activities for families with children ages 3-12.

A visual prayer journal, Mandalas, Candles, and Prayer (Upper Room) by Sharon Seyfarth Garner weaves together contemplative coloring with four Advent themes and four methods of prayer.  Messy Christmas (IVP) by Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter is a trove of seasonal ideas for all ages.  Coloring Advent (Chalice) is an adult coloring book by Jesse Turri and others; the UMC offers a sample.

Celebrating Abundance (WJKP) by Walter Brueggemann is a collection of devotions for Advent and prayers for the days of Christmas, joining George H. Donigian’s In Days to Come (Upper Room), Trevor Hudson’s Pauses for Advent (Upper Room), and Luke A. Powery’s Rise Up Shepherd! (WJKP).  The Thoughtful Christian offers downloadable studies for youth and adults.

We’ll keep updating our list of recommended resources for Advent and Christmas.  Contact us with any resource questions: