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An Advent Countdown Tradition {with Free Printables}

Help your kids avoid the spirit of receiving with a new Advent countdown tradition. Easy to follow steps and suggestions to put the focus on giving this Christmas.


No denying it, receiving gifts is fun! We enjoy giving our kids gifts and watching the delight they have in receiving them. But we don’t want receiving gifts to be the greatest focus of the Advent Season.

Because we want our kids to learn to be gracious givers, we started a new Christmas tradition a couple years ago. We call it  the Focus on Giving Advent Countdown. This means that our Advent calendar contains daily activities intentionally focused on giving.

How do we make this work practically without letting it become one more thing that adds stress and obligation to an already busy season? I’ve shared all the specifics and practical tips over at MelanieRedd.com under this title:

How To Avoid the Spirit of Receiving


When we first started this tradition in our home, I framed two Scripture verses to put up on our mantel. I’ve designed them for you to print and frame as well. The link to print them will be below each graphic. They are formatted to print on letter sized paper and can be easily trimmed to fit in an 8×10 frame. The graphic is larger than pictured here. Enjoy.


“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Acts 20:35

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Link to Print Acts 20:35 Graphic (This one prints to go into the frame vertically.)


“Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

2 Corinthians 9:7

God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Link to Print 2 Corinthians 9:7 Graphic (This one prints to go into the frame horizontally.)


Be sure to read the whole article over at Melanie Redd for practical ideas to help your family avoid a spirit of receiving this year.

Help your kids avoid the spirit of receiving with a new Advent tradition. Easy to follow steps and suggestions to put the focus on giving this Christmas.


What Advent countdown activities does your family enjoy?

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  1. What a great idea paired with such beautiful graphics. I’m heading over to Melanie’s to read the rest of this post, Abi. Wishing you Christmas blessings!
    Marva | SunSparkleShine

  2. Thanks for the great post! We are doing the Jesse Tree for the first time this year, and it has been so much fun for our family. Hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

  3. It saddens me to see what Christmas has become when I see the violence on Black Friday. I recently heard someone say that we Thank the Lord for things on Thanksgiving and then we rush out and buy more on Friday.

    We’ve never been into ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ so we don’t do the whole Christmas giving to everyone. We don’t expect presents from our friends and family as well. The best Christmas gift that I can give or receive is time spent together, care and concern and love. Best gifts ever!

  4. I love the focus on giving, and the Advent calendar is such a perfect way to do that! Also love the verses you chose — they are perfect! Enjoy this wonderful season!! #TuesdayTalk

    • Glad you visited, Wendy. Our weather is not Deccemberish at all right now, so I’m trying to make myself remember to look forward to Christmas! Have a great week.

  5. I just posted about advent today! My favorites are Truth in the Tinsel and the Jesse Tree. You can read more about them at Minivan Ministries!

  6. Thanks for sharing! This is such a good reminder to focus on giving!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing today on our site, Abi!

    I love this post, and I know that many will benefit from your words of wisdom!

    I pray that God will bless you and your family during this holiday season with a wonderful spirit of giving!

    Your life blesses mine~

    • Thanks for the opportunity to share with all your readers, Melanie. I feel like I’m a little ahead on being prepared for our Advent plans. 🙂

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