Celebrate Advent the Simple Way

Including a Simple Advent Planner to set you up for success!

This year I wanted to house everything I use to plan a simplified Advent season for our family in one spot. In today’s post you’ll find resources to help you tell the story of Jesus’ birth to your family, tools to organize the family calendar this holiday season without overwhelm, and some tips to help simplify your home along the way.

Printable Advent Planner Pack available for digital download.

Free Advent Planner Printable Pack

From our home to yours, this is a free simple printable pack to help you plan out your family’s holiday celebrations, the simple way. Build in the celebrations you already have scheduled, weed out the excess, make room for what you crave to do together, and add in a sprinkle of sweet treats to balance it all out for a successful and less stressful holiday season. Find the link to download the Advent Planner Free Printable later in this post.

Looking for a fun recipe this holiday season?

Try one of these family favorite holiday recipes from our home to yours!

Gingerbread cookies rolled out on a countertop.

Our Fave Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Royal icing piping onto gingerbread man.

Simple Royal Icing Anyone Can Master

Hot cocoa with marshmallows sits in a white mug in the snow.

Homemade Hot Cocoa on the Stovetop

Printable ornaments match up to the storybook pages so children can interact with the story of Christmas as you tell it.
Printable ornaments match up to the storybook pages so children can interact with the story of Christmas as you tell it.

The Jesus Storybook Bible

This storybook bible is a beautiful resource to use not just during the Advent season, but year round to share simple versions of stories from the bible. Our children love this book, we cherish it as a family. And the free printable mentioned above is designed to pair with the illustrations / free printable ornaments we use on our advent calendar tree to tell the story of Christmas to our children. The back of each ornament points you to the exact page number to read from each day. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Affiliate link to purchase The Jesus Storybook Bible HERE

Printable ornaments with illustrations from the Jesus Storybook Bible hang on a tree branch.

Free Printable Advent Story Ornaments

We have used the same free Advent ornament printable pack every year for the last three years to help simply tell the story of Christmas for our four small children. The illustrations are beautiful. And when you print this document two sided, it easily matches up with correlating bible verses to read throughout the season.

Free Advent Ornament Printable Pack from The Jesus Storybook Bible

Christmas tree bough displayed on a wall with Advent ornaments hanging on it.

A Simple Advent Tree Tip + Bringing It All Together

Instead of purchasing or crafting expensive Advent calendar systems, you can simply hang the printable Advent ornaments on your tree. Or do like us and use a dedicated tree trimming, like featured in this post on Instagram. Hang it on your wall, stick it in a vase, whatever you’d like.

Advent doesn’t have to be so complicated. Or cost a fortune.

Each night we:

  • Give the kids the new ornament for the day + hang on the calendar
  • Read the correlating story from their bible
  • Do family activity we have planned for the day

Whether the planned activity is big (heading out to a community event), or small (enjoying a Christmas cookie together), it doesn’t matter. Because we do it together, the kids love it.

I hope these resources are found helpful by your family and enlighten you this holiday season.

With the sincerest of blessings, happy holidays, from our home to yours.



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