Week One!

Sunday, November 29

Your elf arrives! Make sure to put the book (print here) out to explain the elf.

advent devotional


For your own growth: Download or pick up a copy of the 2015 SMPC Advent Devotional. 


Monday, November 30

The elf brings some Advent prayers to use. Morning, meals, bedtime, whatever works. You can make an advent wreath to use with them, or not. Pdf version is here: Advent Prayers.

Advent Prayers

Tuesday, December 1

The stable arrives! We will put the nativity set out piece by piece until Jesus arrives. Here is a Bible reading, thought, and prayer to go with The Stable. We’re using Clara’s Fisher Price nativity set, because it’s what we have.


Wednesday, December 2

Notice something kind that your child has done in the past few days, and write him/her a note from the elf expressing some pride! Any paper will do, but if you want to make it more fun, print the image below and write it in the middle.

kindness note

For your parent heart ♥: Raising Caring Kids, an article from the “Making Caring Common” project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Thursday, December 3

Mary arrives. Read the story of Mary and the Angel from your children’s Bible or use this one: Mary.


Friday, December 4

Dance Party! Set your elf up with a CD, musical instrument, or ipod with a note explaining that tonight is a dance party. Here’s a spotify playlist you can use.

For your own growth ⇑: Here’s some grown-up, more introspective music that helps me frame Advent. I keep it on in the background while I’m working, but I also use it while I’m doing dishes or folding laundry.

Saturday, December 5

The end of the week! For today, your elf will have set out supplies to make Christmas ornaments together. Happy Hooligans is one of my FAVORITE websites both as an educator and a mom. There are great options for all ages. Choose one that doesn’t require you to have to buy much.


See you next week!

Blessings, Rebecca


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