Here’s my compiled list of 2021 Advent Resources. 🙂
Advent Calendars, December Countdowns, & Jesse Trees
- CPH’s Jesse Tree Family Activity Kit comes with an adult devotional, a 16-page children’s picture book, 26 Christmas ornaments to make, a tree for displaying the ornaments, and instructions to create the ornaments. It’s literally the package deal. Ha haa
- Stephanie Hovland has a book, Jesus’ Family Tree: Praying through Advent with the Jesse Tree.
- Want to use CPH Arch books as a Jesse Tree? Here’s a list so you can use to shop CPH.
- Pure Joy Creative has a great little Names of Jesus Advent Calendar. There are 24 Advent coloring cards that can be strung on a garland, made into ornaments, etc.
- Pure Joy Creative also has a weekly Advent Coloring Pages set for those who prefer weekly rather than daily.
- Book of Luke! Beginning December 1st, read one chapter from Luke each night and finish up on Christmas Eve. NICE!
Advent Wreaths & Toys for Children
Christmons & Ornaments
- Ad Crucem has fantastic christmons & ornaments. No joke: 100 christmons! Now they even have a book exploring & explaining Christmons: The Christian Christmas Tree: Symbols & Ornaments Confessing Christ Crucified for Us.
The Brothers of John the Steadfast offers a theme with service plans and a devotional book. Advent 2021 is “For Whom the Lord Loves, He Chastens” – An Advent through Malachi.
Lutheran Hour Ministries is offering Child of Promise in English and Spanish.
Lutheran Indian Ministries offers quite a few Advent options!
There are also books from years past, including:
- Hope for Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come: Daily Prayers for Advent by Lutheran author Stephenie Hovland.
- Light in the Darkness: A Hymn Journal for Advent & Christmas
O Antiphon Articles/Lessons
- Coloring page ornaments/kids book (I think it’s from a Roman Catholic blog)
- Robert Smith’s What Does This Mean blog post series on the O Antiphons
- Andy Richard’s free O Antiphons Devotional Booklet (find it from the list)
- Issues, Etc. episodes on the O Antiphons
- Here’s a Lutheran Witness article, “O Antiphons: What Are They” by Kevin Hildebrand, Kantor of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Great guy.
For the record, I’m updating my list of Lutheran Etsy stores, Lutheran artists, etc. Check them out!
Christmas Hymn Bookmarks Printable!
The LCMS website has a collection of free resources here, including FAQ pages on the history of Advent, the meaning of the Advent wreath, and why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.
- Basic example for small church based on Luke: Children’s Christmas Program 2017
- Teach These Things offers a small parish program here.
- Young Children’s Christmas Services via Kim Marxhausen
- December 25 – The Morning After (Christmas Morning Worship) by Mary Kuhlmann Antholz
Also, I hope to expand my list of Lutheran Christmas book so send titles my way!