The 25 Days of Christmas
Whether Advent is a familiar tradition or a new experience, disciple your family – both near and far – through the profound truths of Isaiah 9 this holiday season. There is SO much to learn from this passage intertwined with the Christmas story. This month, the lesson is for YOU to get an overview of what our MDM Advent is like. Then, each of December’s first 25 days, there will be a simple lesson available daily on this webpage. Lead your loved ones through this Advent, either through reading it aloud with them, guiding them in conversation about it, or even sharing it with them through the coordinating MDM social media.
Let this Advent celebrating Christ’s coming reach far beyond the walls of your home and, through you, into the lives of all those God has entrusted to you!
Daily Advent for Christmas 2018 & Beyond
(To see the lesson overview, scroll below)
God promised in the book of Isaiah (our memory verses) that He would send a very Special Person to give light to our very dark world. 700 years later, He fulfilled that promise when Jesus came. He said He would accomplish this amazing event, and He did it! Christmas is the celebration of this!
As awesome and amazing as that host of angels was, they were only ONE of the hosts under God’s command. He controls every atom, every molecule, everything in heaven and on earth. It’s not just one multitude He leads; it’s multitudes of multitudes. We serve a Mighty God! He is Wonderful and powerful! What great news at Christmas and always!
Jesus came the first time as a humble baby, but He will come a second time for us as royalty. Jesus said, “I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3b). When He comes again, Scripture says that the words “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” will be written on His robe and thigh (Revelation 19:16). What a sight that will be! This Advent season, we remember our Lord’s first coming, and we anticipate His second coming as well!
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An Advent for 2018 and Beyond
(For your convenience, we are providing a PDF download version of the interactive lesson below. This will save to your downloads on your device, or your folder of choice on your computer.)
What Does The Bible Say?
This Week’s Memory Verse:
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light…The light will shine on them…They will be glad in Your presence…For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace…The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will accomplish this.” (from Isaiah 9:2-7 NASB)
“For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us.” (from Isaiah 9:6)
What Truth is God Speaking to Us?
God’s light shines on us through a very special Person we celebrate and anticipate this season and always. (We will discuss specific attributes of this truth through the days of Advent!)
What Can We Learn About This Truth?
Welcome to the season of, not just Christmas, but Advent! This is a profound time for us to “Seek the Lord” in our own lives and then “Speak the Lord” into the lives of those He’s entrusted to us, using the beautiful, prophetic, and well-known verses of Isaiah 9. Whether this is your first Advent or a familiar tradition, this year’s celebration is sure to be profound.
In its most basic sense, Advent is the tradition of making meaningful moments celebrating Christ’s coming. The tradition of Advent began way back in the Early Church, as believers created ways to celebrate Christ and teach the next generation about Him. Over the centuries, traditions developed many ways. For instance, one mom in the 1800s sewed cookies into her son’s jacket, one for each day of December, to help him anticipate celebrating the coming of Christ! This boy, Gerhard Lang, grew up to make and publish the first Advent calendar in 1908.
Although many modern Advent celebrations focus solely on Christ’s coming as a baby – which is reason to celebrate! – ancient Advent liturgies had a dual focus. Advent focused on what happened that “first Christmas” when Christ came and what will happen when Christ comes again. In “The 25 Days of Christmas” with Mommy Disciple Me, we will celebrate Advent this ancient way: remembering Christ’s first coming and anticipating His second coming. With this mindset, Advent truly becomes part of every day of our lives, every day of the year, as we await the second coming of Christ for His people. This month, we’re going to wrap all that anticipation into 25 very meaning-full days.
Along the way, we’re going to memorize a very important passage of Scripture. Our “Word” in this lesson is longer than normal, but just memorize the daily word or phrase during each of December’s first 25 days. By December 25th, you will have the entire passage in your mind and heart! You will be amazed at what you and those entrusted to you will learn, one tiny step of the way each day until Christmas. (You can, of course, keep it short for preschoolers, but – still – we encourage you to try to memorize it all yourself.)
The “Weavings” section of each daily Advent will correspond the daily word or phrase from Isaiah 9 with the Christmas story in the New Testament, looking at the Nativity scene thematically rather than chronologically. The daily “Wonders” section will help guide conversation and questions with your kids about the day’s theme. In addition, Advent is a beautiful season of candles, so the “Walking” section of each lesson uses candles to highlight the truths (see below). And, of course, you will close each day of Advent with “Worship.”
Each day along the way, the daily Advent conversation guide will be added to this webpage for your reference (or you can download the PDF version above which has all 25 days available starting December 1). You will find the most recent day’s conversation – listed with the date – at the top of the scroll.
It is going to be a glorious holiday, and we are so excited to share this with you and your family! May God bless you this Advent season.
What Else Does the Bible Say About This?
This month’s “25 Days of Christmas” series is a fascinating journey from one end of the Bible to the other. The lessons, which will be added to this lesson each day along the way, take verses from Isaiah 9:2-7 and intertwine them with both Old Testament and the New Testament verses. This is a profound way for you to show your kids how the Bible is woven together from beginning to end. If you miss a day, don’t fret! Do what days’ readings you can – just try to memorize the word or phrases along the way!
We encourage you to give your Bible a place of honor amongst other Christmas decorations, as a reminder of how THIS story is THE story of Christmas. On the days you are able to gather ‘round that Bible for your Advent reading, take a moment to look up the verses in the Bible in order to show your kids some of the spaces and places of God’s Word.
For those with grown children who are not able to be home every day of Advent, we encourage you to share the social media posts and images to include them in your Advent journey!
What Questions Do We Have About This?
– When did the tradition of Advent begin?
– How have you celebrated Advent – or not?
– During Advent, what are some other ways your family might want to celebrate this month? (let this question spark conversation that create anticipation for your family!)
How Can We Live Out This Truth?
Throughout the year, Mommy Disciple Me lessons are entirely internet-based. However, during Advent we incorporate a very tangible, traditional activity for families.
We suggest that you acquire five candles of any size, color or type that you like for your home and family. Some Advent traditions use certain colors; if that’s important to you, go with your tradition. You may choose to just use these candles alone, set them within a wreath, or arrange them in a special Advent candle holder. This tradition is, ultimately, what YOU make of it for your family. Light is symbolic in Advent because Jesus is the Light, but light it also something that draws people in. When you light a candle in a darkened house, even the youngest will turn to pay attention. So, decorate with your candles and use them as you will. Ultimately, this is your tradition. You know what’s special for your family, so be encouraged to do whatever is meaningful and draws you family in.
If you go with five candles, each Sunday of Advent, you will light a new candle, and then you will light the final candle on Christmas Day. (If you do the readings daily, you will relight the candle of that week each day.) Depending on how many kids are in your family, let each one be “responsible” for lighting and blowing out a certain candle throughout Advent.
For families who are not able to be all together during Advent, we encourage you to share the daily, coordinating social media image from Facebook and/or Instagram with your loved ones.
How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?
Worship through Praise and Prayer: Each day of the Advent series, we encourage you to listen to the suggested song and close in prayer and praise as a family.
A Family Blessing
Blessings from this Lesson to Speak over Your Children…