Advent Guide 2022

“If you’re physically starving, you will groan, but spiritual starvation will make you groan too. So here’s the good news of the Christmas story: the birth of Jesus is an invitation to the best, most satisfying dinner ever.”

Paul Tripp

The purpose of this Advent Guide is not to provide a complete list of resources (there are simply too many to include!) but a simple guide to help get you started if you don’t know where to begin this Christmas season. I’m including links to some of our favorite family items, personal advent study guides for individual use, family advent guides, children’s picture books, and even some podcasts to inspire you. My top recommendation is to keep things simple and purposeful. In our home we do one family advent study (we use the advent blocks linked below) and I do daily individual advent readings (using John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy and this year Emmanuel by Ruth Chou Simons). There’s nothing “magical” about any of the resources listed below. The best things you can to prepare for Christmas will be the things you are willing to do consistently. It is my hope that this guide is a blessing to you as prepare for this Christmas season.

Our Family Favorites

Advent Blocks

Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper

This Nativity Set

This will be our third year using the Advent Blocks and their family devotional. This is by far one of the family traditions we most look forward to each year as a family! While many advent calendars can lean towards being self- focused on fun family memories or favorite holiday events, this particular advent countdown keeps the focus on Christ.

Personal Advent Study

Emmanuel: An Invitation to Prepare Him Room at Christmas and Always by Ruth Chou Simmons

The First Songs of Christmas by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Come, Let us Adore Him by Paul Tripp

Good News of Great Joy by John Piper

Fulfilled by Well Watered Women

The One True Light: Daily Advent Readings from the Gospel of John by Tim Chester

Family Devotionals

A Better Than Anything Christmas by Barbara Raeoch

A Jesus Christmas by Barbara Raeoch

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus by Marty Machowski

The Light Before Christmas by Marty Machowski

Family Advent Devotional: Celebrate Christ Together by Matt & Lauren Chandler (with videos)

Children’s Picture Books

There’s a Lion in My Nativity!

The Christmas Promise 

The Christmas Surprise

A Very Noisy Christmas

The Littlest Watchman

Seek and Find The First Christmas


Traditions, Christmas, and Thoughtful Christian Living 

Treasuring Christ in our Traditions by Revive our Hearts

Lifegiving Christmas Traditions by Sally Clarkson

Mom Hacks for the Holiday Season by Mom to Mom Podcast 

Finding Rest in Advent by Risen Motherhood

Celebrating Advent with Little Ones by Risen Motherhood

Advent Blocks by Family Discipleship Podcast

Talking With Your Littles About Santa by Family Discipleship Podcast

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