Family Fun for Christmas

30 Advent and Christmas activities for families to share

Jane Butcher

Currently out of print £4.99

These simple games and activities are ideal for families.
Catherine Butcher, author and speaker


  • Crafts
  • Food
  • Games
  • Word searches
  • Treasure hunts

Family Fun for Christmas will help you to share the meaning of Advent and Christmas with your children in thirty 'family moments', to explore faith in the home, and to have lots of fun together in the process! The activities are structured to take the family through the season of Advent to Christmas Day and on into the New Year.

From the Introduction

For Christians, Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas in the same way that Lent is the preparation for Easter. Within Advent we find the accounts of the Angel Gabriel appearing to Zechariah to announce the gift of their son John, and to Mary to announce the gift of Jesus, the journey to Bethlehem, the search for a birthplace and other events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Going beyond Christmas itself, we move into Epiphany, celebrated in January, which marks the arrival of the wise men or Magi bringing gifts to Jesus.

Throughout this book there are ways to learn more, have fun and celebrate this Christian season together as a family in your home. Whether you prefer cookery, craft, construction, challenges or chatting, there are activities involving all of these for all ages.

The ideas can be used as best suits your family. You may choose to do something each week at a set family time together or dip into the book at various times during the week - the choice is yours.

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These simple games and activities are ideal for families.
Catherine Butcher, author and speaker

Author info

Jane Butcher oversees the Faith in Homes ministry, which is something she has a passion and vision for both as a member of the Barnabas team and as a parent. She has a desire that parents, church leaders and others share in this ministry, and feel encouraged, supported and resourced to engage with such an important area. Jane originally trained and worked as a teacher, but moved into church ministry in 1993. She has a wide range of experience in schools and churches from her posts in both the UK and USA. She has led training sessions and seminars in a variety of schools, churches and dioceses on many different aspects of RE and children's ministry, and is also an accredited Godly Play Teacher.


Reviewed by The Church Times - 2 November 2012

No matter how much excellent work is done in church services and activities, unless that is followed up at home, most of our Christian message may be quickly forgotten. Jane Butcher's little book Family Fun for Christmas has 30 simple ideas for crafts, cooking, and games that connect the season with the Christian story. Some of the activities introduce Christmas traditions from other countries, which may be particularly appropriate for those who have family and friends living abroad.

For years, our family has used a similar but dated booklet, which links the Christian story with the secular festivities associated with Christmas. This book will engage a new generation of families who want to make the season come alive at home.

Reviewed by Dana Delap

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857460639
  • Published: 21 September 2012
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64
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