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Christmas Advent Calendar with Bible Verses

by | DIY, Printables


I’ve updated the source for the PDF, in case you don’t want to get it from Scribd.

After seeing all the advent calendars Pinterest has to offer, I’ve finally gotten around to making my own version.  I love the counting down part, but I wasn’t too keen on having to buy 25 little presents for bubs to find, especially since he wouldn’t understand any of them anyways.  I also wanted to start a tradition that helps all of us remember the point of the holiday season, especially since I feel this time of year is getting more and more commercialized, with Christmas songs on the radio starting right after Halloween, the early Black Friday, and this Elf on a Shelf phenomenon.  In the end, I decided to do an advent calendar using library card holders, like the one below, but instead of holiday activities written in each pocket, to fill each day’s card with a Bible verse that will tell the Christmas story.

The thought of having to go through and split the relevant Scripture into 25 pieces almost defeated me, until I found Tricia’s awesome advent calendar tutorial on her blog, SweeterThanSweets.  She provides a breakdown for each day’s Bible passages, as well as an object to help teach that day’s verse.  Since I wanted to follow the library card theme, I took her breakdown and made a set of cards depicting the passages and objects from each day.


To hold the cards, I bought some library card holders and stamped them with the advent numbers.  This was the easy part.

The project isn’t completed, and I know I’m late, but I will post the final product once I find some twine, my clothespins, and a piece of wall long enough to hold the whole strand.

Here is the card set, available in PDF format -> Printable for Bible Verses Advent Calendar.   Just download it, print it, cut it out, and you have a wonderful Christmas lesson!

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  1. Tyra

    This is awesome. And soo meaninful

  2. Tonia @

    What a great idea and a wonderful tradition to start! Thanks for sharing this at my link party!

  3. Kristin

    Love this idea! Thanks for linking up at A Simply Klassic Home!!

  4. barbiesmom

    I love your idea, but was disappointed that I have to be a member of scrib to get it, I would love to share with my church youth teacher.

  5. Chiwei @ One Dog Woof

    If you’d like, I can send you the PDF directly. Just let me know where to send it!

  6. Chiwei @ One Dog Woof

    I’ve provided the PDF through Google Docs now as well, in case you can’t get it through Scribd, as it seems they are making it more difficult to access archived files. Or, just email me and let me know where you’d like me to send it!

  7. Mike and Kate

    This is great – where did you buy your library card holders?

  8. Chiwei @ One Dog Woof

    I bought them from my local parent-teacher store, but you can also find them on Etsy!

  9. Tina S.

    Just wanted to send you a thank you note for your printable advent cards! I’ve been searching for days for just the right version or idea for my kids this year, and these were more than perfect! Love them!

  10. Sara L

    Wow this is just the type of idea I had for a gift – actually for members of my cell group as we are training to be Pastoral Assistants in our churches and wanted something to make for each of them that wouldn’t take too long, I could personalise and would help us to keep thinking of each other during this special time. This just nails it for me. guess the printer will be busy as soon as I replenish my stocks of printable card 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your inspiring idea.
    God bless you and your family.

  11. ChiWei

    Thank you Sara! I think even if you don’t use it as an advent, the cards and verses themselves are so meaningful for this time of year anyways, and I agree they’d make a great simple gift!

  12. Barb

    These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing your time, effort, and hard work! Can you please send me the pdf, I can’t seem to download it anywhere.

  13. Laura

    Wow! These are amazing! Thank you!

  14. Laura

    Thank you! These are wonderful!

  15. Susie Bentz

    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful!

  16. ChiWei

    Thank you!

  17. Crista Benavidez

    Thank you! The Advent cards are exactly what I was looking for to accompany a handmade, fabric Advent calender gifted to my children.

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