Kris Kindles – an Advent Tradition


Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2!

We start Kris Kindles (KK’s) today, the first day of Advent. This literally means “Christ Child”.  We choose names from a bowl and treat that person as the Christ Child for the Christmas season.  This is our gift to Christ on his birthday – Christmas.

This is very similar to Secret Santa, except that we do it for the whole Advent season.  We leave little presents (often candy or drawings) under our  KK’s pillow, do chores for them, do special things with them – all while trying to remain anonymous.

On Christmas Eve, we give our KK a small gift and reveal ourselves to them.  It’s a lot of fun, even if we do often guess who has us before the end.  We’ve already chosen our names and the kids are super pumped.  Let the fun begin!

When I was young and in school, I remember our school had a manger for baby Jesus.  Every time we did a good deed, we got to add a piece of straw to the bed where Jesus was placed on the last day of school before Christmas Holidays.

Check out my other Advent posts:

First Sunday of Advent

Jesse Tree – an Advent Tradition

Advent at our House

Have you ever done this, or Kris Kindle, or maybe Secret Santa, with your family or friends?



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