The story of Christmas starts long before Jesus’ birth. Long before a Savior was born in Bethlehem, God made a promise in the garden of Eden! One day, God was going to send Someone who would make everything right! And though generations of men and women failed to uphold His law, God’s promise did not fail.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11 KJV). Imagine the excitement the shepherds felt when they heard the news of the King. For thousands of years, the people of God had waited for the descendant of David to come and save them, and here He was!


Make an advent chain as a family. Choose how long you’d like to make your chain and then cut that many strips of paper. Then go through the people of The Big God Story and choose which ones you want to highlight. You can choose from the list below or from the Bible. Divide up the strips of paper and have family members draw or write each person’s name.

  1. Adam & Eve
  2. Noah
  3. Abraham and Sarah
  4. Isaac
  5. Jacob
  6. Joseph
  7. Moses
  8. Joshua
  9. Rahab
  10. Ruth
  11. Samuel
  12. David
  13. Solomon
  14. Josiah
  15. Daniel
  16. Esther
  17. Zachariah & Elizabeth
  18. Mary & Joseph
  19. John the Baptist
  20. Jesus

Each day (for the same number of days you created strips), as a family, remember and talk about the person from The Big God Story. Then ask the Lord to give you the name of a person He wants you to pray for that day. Write that person’s name on the back of the paper chain link, and then connect that piece with the previous day’s link. Throughout your day, remember who the Lord has put in your life, and pray that they might know Him more and for the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with them.