Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Planning for Advent: including a free printable!


How fast is this year going?! Advent is almost upon us. I loved being intentional with planning Advent activities to do with my daughter last year. I did go quite overboard though trying to include several different ideas all into one season. This year, I plan to pare back a bit and be more focused. I don't want Advent to become a stressed, rushed time as that defeats the purpose of meditating on and preparing our hearts for the real message of Christmas. 

To help me prepare for Advent so that I can reduce the stress during December, I created an Advent planner for myself. Before putting up more posts sharing the activities that I plan to do in the Advent season, I thought I would share this planner with you. There are 2 versions below: a PDF copy that you can print out and complete by hand if that is what you prefer or the Word version that you can edit to make it work for you. I included the weekend before December actually begins as that is when our family usually decorates. I have included two boxes for each day to allow you to list activities on one side and supplies on the other (my preference), split into activities for the kids and personal Advent reflections or record activities on one side and have the other for comments on how they worked to refer to next year. Make the planner work for you. Just because there are boxes for every day does NOT mean you have to do something everyday to get the benefit of Advent. There is also a one page overview if you are wanting to keep it really simple. 

Click on the icon on the top right of the document viewer to open in a new tab of your browser. You can then download the documents from there.

PDF version:



Word version:




I hope this planner helps you to get organised this Advent.
Keep a look out for the posts that will share more details about what I am hoping to do this Advent. You can click on the images below for a sneak peek at a couple of books that will be a large part of it. (contain affiliate links which help support me at no extra cost to you)





14 comments:

  1. This is great. Thank you! We love doing an advent calendar with our children and counting down until Christmas.

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    1. You're welcome! It is so much fun.

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  2. I wrote an Advent book also, but for BIG KIDS! HA!

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  3. Beautiful thoughts as we head into the season of Advent. I will be reading through "The Greatest Gift" by Ann Voskamp during this season. Thank you for sharing .

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    1. I used her Unwrapping the Greatest Gift last year but it was a bit too old for my daughter so have packed it away for a couple of years. I was thinking of getting the adult one for myself.

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  4. I haven't done an advent calendar yet and maybe if I wasn't almost due with baby number 2 at the end of December I might think about it this year. Maybe next year. I have heard Truth in the Tinsel is really good.

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    1. That is definitely a good reason to give yourself a pass! It is amazing and so flexible really. I use the printable ornaments for several of the days that I know will be busy.

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  5. I love Advent. I needed to read Asheritah's book. My friend Anna wrote a really great one too.

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    1. It is an awesome season. I am seeing more Advent books around but maybe that's because I am looking out for them more.

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  6. Ooooh, thank you for the printables! I was just thinking about advent today actually and I love Truth in The Tinsel. The author is a friend of mine.

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    1. My pleasure! It was fun creating them and figuring out how to put them up here. Amanda is awesome from what I have seen and read of her.

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