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Free Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Calendar Printable + Reading Plan
Get 24 days of daily Bible readings for you and your kids leading up to Christmas!
Share with your children the story of Christmas and God's great plan for Jesus' birth! My family has tried a lot of different Advent traditions, but for the past two years we have used the Christmas Bible Verses advent calendar printable and reading plan for The Jesus Storybook Bible. Zonderkidz is making this Advent calendar printable available to you for FREE through FaithGateway! Each day for 24 days you take one of the cards, read the corresponding Scriptures on the back, then read the companion story in The Jesus Storybook Bible. It's super easy and fun for the entire family!
Along with each Scripture reading is a corresponding story to read from The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, one of the most beloved children’s picture book Bibles in which every story points to Christ. You and your children will read 21 stories from the Old Testament—each ending with a paragraph that ties into the imminent birth of Jesus—and then 3 stories from the New Testament about the birth story of Jesus.
This Advent reading plan of Scriptures and stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible is a lot like the Jesse Tree Advent calendars. A Jesse Tree Advent tells the story of God's plan for salvation, starting with creation and continuing through the Old Testament to the birth of Jesus Christ.
The name Jesse Tree represents the genealogy of Jesus - Jesse is the father of David, an ancestor of Jesus - and comes from from the prophecy of the coming Messiah in the Bible, Isaiah 11:1:
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. (NIV)
Ideas for Displaying the Advent Cards
Take some time to talk as a family about the perfect place to hang your daily Bible verses and accompanying illustrations. Provided here are two simple options for displaying them. I'm not particularly crafty, but I'm sure if you're the creative type you can come up with even more, including options for turning the cards into ornaments for display on a tree.
If you'd like to share your Advent calendar display with us on social media, use hashtag #JesusStorybookAdvent so we can all learn from each others' ideas for displays!
Option 1: You can insert the scripture cards into a traditional Advent calendar count down.
Option 2: Display the Advent calendar printable cards on a clothesline or along your mantle.
When I was a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers, The Jesus Storybook Bible was one my favorite storybook Bibles to read to the little ones, and my tweens still enjoy it today. I hope The Jesus Storybook Bible Advent calendar printable becomes a treasured tradition for your family year after year!
~ Jaime Guthals, Editorial Director, FaithGateway.com