Some thoughts from John Piper:
Some resources that we’ve found helpful to focus our family’s attention on Jesus and build anticipation of the excitement of his birth are:
1) Three very helpful Advent Calendar Packs from the Good Book co. with readings and activities for families in the lead-up to Christmas.
2) A series of story books for advent. These stories are well told, provide some historical background to Jesus’ birth, with some helpful application along the way. The series so far includes : Jotham’ s Journey and Tabitha’s Travels.