Our Favorite Family Advent Calendar

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(Psst! Did you miss out on a few days of Advent? Truth in the Tinsel offers 4 alternate schedules to make your Advent devotionals more manageable--so it's not too late to start! You can find the alternate schedules after Day 24 in your eBook.)

Today marks the first day of Advent on the Catholic liturgical calendar, so I thought I'd share my favorite family advent calendar with you. Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Devotional for Kids is a 24-day ebook devotional that takes you through the biblical story of Jesus' birth, with a Scripture passage and ornament craft for each day. 

As a Catholic mother, teaching my children the true meaning of Christmas is important to me. Some days--even years--it's easier to share that with them than others, but Truth in the Tinsel has been an easy resource to help me do just that. 

In the past, we've always done our daily reading and activity in the evenings. I have the pdf downloaded to my iPad and gather the supplies together during the day. Here's a peek at what each day looks like:

I love that it has a paragraph for talking about the Scripture passage with your kids. It's all about having a discussion to deepen understanding. The crafts are fun and my kids loved making them, although we do reuse our original ones now. 

The daily devotions also come with a set of printable clues to get your kids excited about reading the story for the day. You can see a fun way we used the clues (and read more about the ebook) here

And for those of you who are already passing this off because of the crafting involved, there are printable ornaments, too! 

So even if you're not crafty--or don't have as much time or the supplies, you can still enjoy this devotional series with your kids. And each of your kids can have their own set of ornaments to color!
There are so many good things about the Truth in the Tinsel; it's a perfect way to slow down and enrich the Advent season in your home. 
You can download the ebook on up to 6 personal devices, and they even have a Spanish edition called La Verdad en la Orepel
I'm looking forward to doing this devotional with the kids again this year. And for my older boys, I think they'll love the DIY Lego Advent ornaments shared in the free Truth in the Tinsel supplements page! 
How do you observe Advent and make Christmas more meaningful in your home? 
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