As part of our advent this year, we read a daily devotional for the book below every night at dinner time. It is a great resource for parents that has daily devotionals that walk you through the Christmas story, give you a variety of advent activities, questions to discuss and prayers to pray. We enjoyed our time reading this book and the kids would ask to listen to the advent story every night at dinner. It was great!
In addition to the advent, we also have a "Christmas Counter Downer" to help the kids count down the days and get excited for Christmas. Within each door is a felt ornament and piece of candy.
As Christmas Eve comes to an end, the countdown will be over and the true celebration will begin. Of course the kids are excited for Santa, but because we prepared they are also excited for Christmas. This morning my daughter woke up bright and early excited for the Christmas celebration. As we sat in the dark watching morning cartoons she said to me, "I can't stop thinking about Santa, stockings, Christmas trees, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus." Kids will be kids and are always excited for Santa, but I am glad that we prepared and that even at a young age, my daughter understands that Christmas is more than just presents and Santa.
Hope you all have a blessed day!
P.S. For more info about the Advent book, visit their website at http://www.faithfamilystyle.com/family-book-advent/