Christmas Advent Calendar

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: … and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6).

Christmas Advent Calendar Cutouts


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    Remove pages 24–25 from the magazine. Carefully cut along the broken lines, including the slots for the figures.

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    Mount the calendar on a piece of heavy paper. Glue only around the edges so that the numbered flaps on the pathway and the slots still open.

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    Remove this page from the magazine. Cut out the numbered squares, then carefully glue each square under the flap of the same number on the calendar. When the glue is dry, close all the flaps.

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    Cut out the pictures of the travelers and of the manger scene. Slip the travelers picture into the slots at the beginning of the pathway. Put aside the manger scene and add it at the end of the pathway on Christmas day.

Beginning on December 1, fold back one flap each day, read the scripture given and answer the question, or do the activity.

1 Read “Because He Loves Us” (page IFC).

2 Read Luke 1:26–33. Who told Mary she was going to have a baby?

3 Read Matthew 1:18–21 [Matt. 1:18–21]. Why did Mary and Joseph name the baby Jesus?

4 Read Luke 2:1–5. Where did Joseph and Mary live before Jesus was born?

5 Read Luke 2:6–7. What was used as a crib for the Baby?

6 Sing “Oh, Hush Thee, My Baby,” Children’s Songbook, pages 48–49.

7 Read Luke 2:8–14. Whom did an angel tell about Jesus’ birth?

8 Sing “Far, Far Away on Judea’s Plains,” Hymns, no. 212.

9 Read Luke 2:15–17. What did the shepherds do after the angels left?

10 Sing “Silent Night,” Hymns, no. 204.

11 Make the “Star of David” on page 18.

12 Read Matthew 2:1–3 [Matt. 2:1–3]. Whom did the Wise Men ask for directions?

13 Read Matthew 3:4–6 [Matt. 3:4–6] in the Joseph Smith Translation (pages 801–802 in the LDS Edition of the Bible).

14 Read Matthew 2:7–10 [Matt. 2:7–10]. Where did King Herod send the Wise Men?

15 Sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Hymns, no. 208.

16 Read Matthew 2:11–12 [Matt. 2:11–12]. How were the Wise Men warned not to return to Herod?

17 Write a Christmas letter to a family member who lives far away.

18 Read Matthew 2:13–15 [Matt. 2:13–15]. Who was warned to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt?

19 Read Matthew 2:16 [Matt. 2:16]. What did Herod do when he realized that the Wise Men were not returning? Why?

20 Read “Feliz Navidad” (pages 20–23) in family home evening.

21 Read Matthew 2:19–21, 23 [Matt. 2:19–21, 23]. After Herod died, where did Jesus’ family go to live?

22 Read “A Christmas Message from the First Presidency to the Children of the World” (pages 2–3).

23 Think of a gift you can give to Jesus Christ in honor of His birthday. (See “Priceless Gifts,” pages 16–17.)

24 Using the “Christmas-Story Figures” (page 8), tell the story of the first Christmas.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young