Kids love to count down to Christmas. We have an advent calendar in our home that comes out each year. We also have a wooden magnetic calendar that the kids move each day to count down to Christmas. We love to keep Christ in Christmas in our home. One way to do this is to use Bible verses as a Christmas Countdown. Each morning, read one Bible verse for 12 days. Take turns reading. Add this simple Christmas tradition to your family's holiday season.
12 Bible verses to count down to Christmas
1. "The Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin is going to have a baby. She will give birth to a son. And he will be called Immanuel" (Isa. 7:14).
2. "While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born. She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. That’s because there was no guest room where they could stay" (Luke 2:6-7).
3. "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people'" (Luke 2:10).
4. "A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace" (Isa. 9:6).
5. "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord" (Luke 2:11).
6. "Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said, 'May glory be given to God in the highest heaven! And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!'" (Luke 2:13-14).
7. "The Word became a human being. He made his home with us. We have seen his glory. It is the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth" (John 1: 14).
8. "Here is what God says about the Son. God has given us eternal life. And this life is found in his Son" (1 John 5:11).
9. "Every good and perfect gift is from God. This kind of gift comes down from the Father who created the heavenly lights. These lights create shadows that move. But the Father does not change like these shadows" (James 1:17).
10. "When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh" (Matt. 2:10-11).
11. "May the God who gives hope fill you with great joy. May you have perfect peace as you trust in him. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope" (Rom. 15:13).
12. "When you sin, the pay you get is death. But God gives you the gift of eternal life. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done" (Rom. 6:23).
Of course, there are many more Bible verses that can be read at Christmas — you can pick your favorites. The 12 above just happen to be the ones I love and want to share with my family before prayer each morning. God’s Word is powerful and can change even the youngest hearts. It’s important to give our kids ample opportunities to spend time in the Word of God. Remember, keep Christ in Christmas this season. He is the reason for the season after all.