It’s December! Can you believe it? Only 25 days until Christmas, and I’m determined this holiday season to keep my heart focused on CHRIST, where it belongs! And today’s Advent Christmas Chain will help me do exactly that.
Want to join me? The principle behind this Christ-focused Christmas Countdown is super simple.
Assembly Instructions for our Advent Scripture Chain
To get started, first print out the following Scripture verses.
This printable requires three pieces of paper. I used colored card stock for the chain pictured, but regular copy paper will work, as well. You can make all the loops the same color or, for a more festive looking chain, alternated two or three colors.
Either printable version will work for making a one-colored chain. Just use the same color to print all three sheets of paper, cut the strips apart, and glue or tape loops together.
Making a two-colored chain is a little more involved, but this method is what is pictured in the photos on this post, so you can easily follow along with those. I used red and green card stock and printed a complete set in each color.
Next, you will need to cut the strips apart. I used a large paper trimmer for this step, But scissors will work, too! If you have little ones, this activity will provide lots of good practice cutting along the dotted lines!
Since I printed two sets of Scripture verses, we were able to alternate colors in our chain. Doesn’t that look pretty?
This also enabled us to make two complete chains. One chain to keep. And another to give to the grandkids, so they can count down the days till Christmas at their house, too.
Several years after I posted my original printable, a reader wrote to request I shuffle the order a bit so she could print a set of scripture verses in three different colors (one for each page) and have the colors alternate when she glued her scripture chain together. So I obliged.
Regardless which version you make (one-, two-, or three-colored), you will need to assemble all the verses in the correct order. The chain for “Christmas Day” goes at the top. (Affix it to the Nativity header). Then attach the number of “days left to Christmas” in order from there, beginning with 1, then 2, 3, 4, etc.
We used a stapler to join the ends of our links together — it’s fast and easy and makes no mess. But double-sided tape or a drop of school glue will work, too.
Once your chain is assembled, hang it up (we posted it on our bulletin board)! Then remove one link a day and read the Scripture together.
The little graphic on the side of each strip will help you keep track of how many days are left until Jesus birthday (24 and counting)!
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More Christ-Centered Resources for the Holidays
I hope you’ll come back again soon. I’ll be sharing ideas and activities all month long for keeping CHRIST first and foremost this CHRISTmas!
And for an extra-special way to fix your heart on Jesus during hectic holiday weeks, check out my new advent devotional, Joy to the World. It underscores the real reason we celebrate this season.
The pages are packed with Scripture verses to ponder. Beautiful vintage artwork to color. Simple word studies to complete. Christmas carols to sing. And plenty of blank space for recalling memories, making lists, jotting down gift ideas, recording prayers, and tracking your progress as you purposefully center your thoughts on Christ this Christmas.