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Advent and Christmas

'The World is Waiting'

Advent Calendar 2023 

This Advent calendar does not contain pictures of elves and snowmen, instead each day takes you to a picture of the nativity by an artist from a different country or culture. Also a story from the Bible about one of the people who was waiting for the birth of Jesus, some questions to wonder about together and a video that related to the image. 

When you click on the door you will find:

  • an image

  • some wondering questions

  • on school days there is a video to watch

  • the Bible reference for the story

Primary Advent Calendar

Explore the Advent Calendar

Secondary Advent Calendar

Explore the Advent Calendar

Below you will find documents for teachers that give an overview of the contents of the calendars so that you can see in advance what will be behind the closed doors.

Primary Advent Calendar Overview and Instructions

Secondary Advent Calendar Overview and Instructions 


Advent or Christmas Pause Day Materials

Jessica Staniforth the RE Subject Leader at St Nicolas CE Infant School in Guildford has kindly shared her materials for an Advent Pause Day. 

Advent Pause Day God's Gift

Advent Pause Day Prince of Peace

Advent Pause Day Everyone's Welcome

Advent Pause Day Messengers of Hope

Advent Pause Day Living our Values

A Nativity Reflection for School Staff

This reflection may be we wrote this reflective activity for use with school staff duringg the Chrsitmas season.  It would work well at the start of the spring term as well as at the end of the autumn term.

Nativity Reflection for School Staff 

Below you will find some free resources for Advent and Christmas. 

There are also materials linked to the Jesse Tree, Jesus family tree, which can be used as an Advent Calendar.


  1. Ideas for Advent in schools
  2. Jesse Tree ideas and resources
  3. Jesse tree slides
  4. Advent Angels an idea for your staff room
  5. Nativity paper chains
  6. Advent Pause Day resources


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