Happy Birthday Jesus Printable Advent Calendar


The first day of December finds most of us, especially our children, counting down the days to Christmas. For the next twenty-five days, use this free printable advent calendar to keep little hands busy with a craft and little hearts focused on Christ.

I designed it to be rather generic so that you can add your own creative touches and use it in unique ways as you celebrate the birth of Christ, our Savior. The concept is one children can relate to — a birthday cake for Jesus.

I plan on using the printable advent calendar for a short, daily devotional on the names of Christ. In the PDF you will find a calendar with names and scripture references. (More names are here.) But you could use Jesse tree symbols, list Christmas activities, or even name a special treat to give to the children. The poster would make a nice backdrop or group activity for a Happy Birthday Jesus party, too.

No matter how you use it, keep Christ the focus of Christmas. Merry Christmas!

Jimmie is a former public school teacher turned homeschooling stay-at-home-mom. Her only child, Sprite, is a creative middle school student who loves the arts and living books. Jimmie uses a loosely Charlotte Mason approach with lots of notebooking and field trips. Visit her blogs Jimmie’s Collage and The Notebooking Fairy.

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  3. This is perfect! I was trying to explain to my 3 year old about Christmas and said that it was to Jesus’ birthday. He obviously doesn’t understand the concept of time yet, so having this concrete way of counting down to and focusing on His birthday with a cake is great!

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  4. 32. Edible snowflakes cut out of white tortillas
    33. Bake dog treats for neighbors dogs
    34. Make a treat for the birds (smear peanut butter and birdseed on a pinecone)
    35. Salt dough snowmen ornaments
    36. Bake/decorate/eat a birthday cake for Jesus
    37. Make pourable glycerin soaps with small plastic toys inside for friends and cousins

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  5. 18. Donate books and toys to children at city mission
    19. Wrap presents
    20. Decorate gingerbread house
    21. Paper snowflakes garland
    22. Sledding
    23. Make a snowman outside
    24. Read a Christmas book
    25. Look at Christmas lights
    26. Christmas songs
    27. Christmas crafts / make ornaments
    28. Cotton ball snowman craft
    29. Red and green meal
    30. Holiday breakfast (waffle triangle trees or snowman pancakes)
    31. Make a pipe cleaner candy cane craft

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  6. Here is a list I compiled for my family of Preschool friendly Christmas activities.
    Christmas/Advent/Winter Activities and Service ideas

    1. Read Nativity story from Bible
    2. Set up nativity scene
    3. Make Christmas cards
    4. Mail Christmas cards
    5. Christmas card/package to US Troops
    6. Christmas card/package to missionaries
    7. Decorate fridge like a snowman
    8. Bake/decorate cookies
    9. Visit elderly and sing songs / bring treats
    10. Leave treats for mailman/librarian/firemen/policemen/parks department/doctors waiting room or hospital
    11. Give candy canes to cashiers at stores, parking lot attendants near children’s museum, cashiers at drive thru restaurants, bank tellers, and salvation army bell ringers
    12. Candy canes and cookies for UPS delivery guy and trash men
    13. Gift for teacher(s) (preschool, Sunday school, daycare, piano lessons, etc)
    14. Purchase gifts for a needy child
    15. Donate food to food bank
    16. Handprint ornament from white Sculpey bake able clay
    17. Christmas movie

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  7. I printed pages 3-4(bottom layer of cake) on red cardstock, page 5 on green cardstock, and page 6 (candles) on another shade of red cardstock. I cut out the doors with an exacto knife and numbered the doors with a black Sharpie marker. I printed pages 3-5 on white copy paper, wrote in our activities and glued it to the back of the colored cardstock. It worked great! Thanks so much for this resource!

    I tried to pin it on Pinterest but your photos are not the correct format for that.

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