3 Creative Ways to Use Our “Names of Christ” Advent
Whether you‘re on Team “Tree-Before-Thanksgiving” or belong to the elite “Christmas Eve Shoppers Club,” one thing we can all agree on is that the anticipation surrounding this season is one of the things that makes it the most wonderful time of the year. We hope this coming month is filled to overflowing with your favorite traditions, beautiful memories, and, most of all, the peace of the Savior.
In conjunction with our December Study Guide, A Thrill of Hope, we’ve created an Advent printable: 25 tags, each printed with a different name of Christ. We hope you will enjoy them, and that they might help you appreciate and reverence the Savior in a new way this season. In addition to using them alongside December’s study, we’ve come up with a few simple ways to use these tags as a gift, as a service, and as an activity.
As a Gift
Which of your friends couldn’t use a “Holiday Planner” to help eliminate stress and make the holidays run more smoothly? A handmade planner is easy to create with a simple spiral notebook. Instead of writing the date on each page, consider instead attaching our printable tags. Then, in addition to having a place to keep track of to-do lists, gift ideas, budgets, and activities, the notebook would provide a simple but meaningful opportunity to think of the Savior in one of His many roles on a daily basis. You or your friend may feel inspired to write down a few thoughts about the Savior each day, or jot down a take-away from that day’s scripture study. Print off an at-a-glance December calendar, include a pen or pencil, and tie it all together with a pretty ribbon or string.
As a Service
As we enter into this month of Christmas, is there a family or individual that has been on your mind and heart? Nothing draws us nearer to the Savior at this time of year than reaching out to our neighbors as He would. Consider someone to whom you might give an anonymous “25 Days of a Christ-Centered-Christmas.” This could be done in a myriad of ways! You could purchase a simple nativity set, gifting one piece at a time. Attach that day’s advent tag to the piece. You could also alternate the days you give pieces of the nativity with special acts of service. For example, you could get up early and secretly scrape the windshield of their car, or leave a simple plate of cookies or card on their front step. Leaving one of the 25 Names of Christ tags each time will remind the person of the Savior’s love and that someone else is mindful of them, too.
As an Activity
My family’s bucket list is overflowing with fun and festive activities this time of year. I’m always grateful for an additional way to help rein us in and provide my children with an opportunity to dwell on the real reason we are celebrating. Use these tags as a simple way to get your family thinking and talking about the Savior by playing a little game of Pictionary. Cut the tags and place them in a jar. Split into two teams and take turns pulling one out and drawing pictures to symbolize the name on the tag. For younger children, you may want to go over the names all together before the game starts so they have a better chance of guessing.
There are so many other ways to use these tags! If you have a beloved Advent tradition, whether it’s Christ-centered or not, consider incorporating them somehow and sharing with us by using the hashtag #mysmallseedadvent. We love to wrap our Christmas books and let our children unwrap one each night leading up to Christmas. These tags could easily be tied onto books and provide a very short conversation about the Savior each night before diving in to the story.
As I’ve prepared these ideas, simply reading the 25 names over and over has brought me a feeling of appreciation and love. I am so grateful to my Savior—for His humble birth, His exemplary life, and His all-encompassing sacrifice for each one of us. I look forward to His glorious second coming, when all will recognize Him for who He truly is--the Bread of Life, the Living Water that will refine our spirits and fill us completely. May we open our hearts to His peace, healing, and hope this season and always.
Small Seed Copy Editor: Megan Grant
Aimee is Editor of our Living Your Faith column. Her best ideas for meaningful and fun activities for families usually come to her while folding laundry, packing lunches, or picking up toys. She believes love for God grows at home. Find Aimee on Instagram @aimeeerror.