Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Advent Calendars


I think the scariest thing about this Halloween is that I've already seen Christmas ads in circulation, and Christmas displays in stores. While I'm generally against more legislation in a society full of laws, there ought to be a law. In spite of those sentiments, it is not too early to prepare for guiding family and friends through Advent worship. A few key resources you need are an Advent devotional, Advent display, and Advent Calendar. I'll post on the first two later, but the ladies over at the girltalk blog (yeah, I read a blog called girltalk) have given us a few ideas. Happy Shopping!

Last November I was excited to tell you about an Advent calendar with Christmas Bible study that our family enjoyed. Well, it turns out that announcing it nine days before December 1 wasn’t such a great idea—the publishing company quickly sold out of the calendar and I’m sure many of you missed out on a chance to order. So this year I’m giving you (and our friends at The Good Book Company) plenty of time!

What I love about these Advent calendars is that each day’s “door to open” is connected to a Scripture and a lesson about Christmas and the message of the gospel. The accompanying Bible study booklet includes a short verse followed by a very brief lesson plan including great questions to engage the kids in fun and thoughtfulness about the deep truths of the gospel. They are the perfect length for children and very well done.

There are three options to choose from:

Christmas Opened Up

The Coming of the King

The Real Christmas Tree (in short supply)

We have used Christmas Opened Up in the past and loved it, but I’m looking forward to trying a new one this year. I am really excited to use one of these calendars for Jude and Sophie’s first Christmas season in the Whitacre family.

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