Advent For Kids

It’s hard to believe that is time to start preparing for Christmas!

With all the decorating and baking and shopping, I want to make sure every year that our hearts are also ready.

One way we do that is by celebrating Advent.  We have an advent wreath on the table and we light one more candle each of the 4 Sundays leading up to Christmas. We also a special family devotional together in the evenings.

When the kids were younger we had a favorite devotional book called “Do You See What I See“. It’s a devotional seek and find book with bright pictures and “I Spy” type pages that really captured the attention of our preschoolers.  You can still order the book from Creative Communications for the Parish.

Then as the kids grew older we used different devotional books until we discovered Jotham’s Journey.

Oh. my. This is a good one!

This devotional for Advent had been out of print for many years, but has just recently been republished in paperback.

We thoroughly enjoyed reading it two years ago – seriously – my kids loved it!

We equally enjoyed the sequel, Bartholomew’s Passage last Christmas.

So we were very excited to see the third book in the trilogy, Tabitha’s Travels,  is now available this year.

Each of these books is an exciting family story specifically designed for Advent. The story is divided into a reading for every day from the first day of Advent to Christmas Morning, with a devotional thought at the end of each one.

There’s enough action and adventure to keep the attention of every member of the family – with a splash of humor thrown in to relieve the tension.

Each day’s reading leaves you wanting more.

The books are loosely tied together, and my kids love seeing some of the characters from one of the other books appear in the one we are reading.

You could read them in any order, but I recommend starting with Jotham.

Your Christmas will never be the same!

Do You See What I See: A Devotional for Advent

Do You See What I See? We love this Advent book!

Grandpa and Grandma gave it to the children years ago and it has been a Christmas tradition in our home ever since.

The children have been known to stop decorating the house and start reading it as soon as it is discovered in the Christmas box.

Even though our children have outgrown it, it has stood the test of time and has earned a place of honor among our Christmas decorations.

Do You See What I See: A Devotional Seek-and-Find Book for Advent tells the Christmas story in a creative and colorful way that is perfect for preschoolers.

It is put together like the popular I Spy books with a bright colorful picture, a short devotional and a rhyme for each day of Advent.

The children love to hear the story and the rhyme before finding the things hidden in the pictures.

“When Christmas comes with colored lights
With snowmen sweets and other sights
It’s often easy to ignore
Who all this celebration’s for.

Through-out this pretty picture book
Are hidden objects. Take a look.
Past presents, lights and evergreens.
You’ll find what Christmas really means.

So come with shepherds, sheep and kings.
And peek beyond the other things.
To seek the Savior, born for you.
Look! Do you see him? I do, too!”

This book is a hard one to find, but it is still available from the publisher Creative Communications at

The paperback version is so inexpensive it would make an excellent gift from a Sunday School teacher to her preschool students!