Christmas Advent Calendar

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:17.)



  1. 1.

    Open staples in middle of magazine and remove advent calendar, then close staples. Cut dashed lines of pathway. Also cut marked slots.

  2. 2.

    Mount calendar on heavy paper, gluing only around edges.

  3. 3.

    Cut apart numbered squares on dashed lines.

  4. 4.

    Carefully open each numbered flap on pathway, glue corresponding numbered square inside, and close flap.

  5. 5.

    Cut out pictures of travelers and manger scene. Slip travelers into slots at beginning of pathway. Put aside manger scene until Christmas day.

  6. 6.

    Beginning December 1, fold back one flap each day and do activity. On Christmas day remove travelers and place manger scene in appropriate slots of stable.

1 Begin the activity “Getting Ready for Christmas” on page 7.

2 Who was older, John the Baptist or Jesus? (Luke 1:36.)

3 Read “Red-Faced Roger,” page 10 and discover the pleasure of giving.

4 Help a brother or sister make one of the gifts in the December Friend for your mother or father.

5 How were Mary and Elizabeth related? (Luke 1:36.)

6 Can you find a scripture about angels praising God to herald Christ’s birth?

7 Who was the angel who appeared to Zacharias? (Luke 1:19.)

8 What happened to Zacharias when he didn’t believe the angel? (Luke 1:20.)

9 Joseph was of the house and lineage of David. What was another name for the city of David? (Luke 2:4.)

10 Write a letter to a friend or family member who lives far away.

11 Identify the Book of Mormon prophet who told of Christ’s birth. (Hel. 14.)

12 Why are Simeon and Anna a part of the Christmas story? (Luke 2:25–39.)

13 Did the shepherds follow a star? (Luke 2:12–15.)

14 From what direction did the wise men come? (Matt. 2:1.)

15 Is there someone you know who lives alone? How could you help that person?

16 What happened is the Western Hemisphere when Jesus was born? (Hel. 14:4–6.)

17 Did the wise men visit the manger? (Matt. 2:9–11.)

18 What was the name of the angel who appeared to Mary? (Luke 1:26.)

19 Where did Joseph take Mary and Jesus so that Herod would not find them? (Matt. 2:13.)

20 Did King Herod have just the baby boys killed? (Matt. 2:16.)

21 Try writing a short Christmas poem about Jesus.

22 How did Joseph know that it was safe to leave Egypt? (Matt. 2:19, 20.)

23 Joseph Smith was born on this day in 1805. Discuss with your family pages 14 and 15.

24 Sing the songs on pages 38 and 39 with your family.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young