"It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Oh how I LOVE Christmastime. #1, my Lord and Savior's birth is celebrated with gusto for an entire month!!! #2, the hope and love for a full season pours out from even the most unexpected places springing life which lights a path well into a new year. #3 gift giving, I LOVE giving gifts for any reason or occasion and Christmas is my favorite.
Even now that all my children know who is eating the cookies and stuffing those socks, they (and I) relish the timeless tradition of waiting for Santa. My Parable in Modern Form article touches on my heart in this matter. Part of this tradition includes a count-down to Christmas, something I shared in depth about last year in the article here. I prepared a new advent calendar for this year and thought of you, my faithful reader, in the event you might like to join me! You can click on the image below to download and print.
There is a second page with directions included in the download. Last year we colored the bells yellow as we did one activity a day. We did not follow the list top-to-bottom, rather, we picked an activity we had the ability to do on each day. We used stickers placed in each square of the calendar to count-down to Christmas. This advent calendar balances the holiday fun as a family with holiday fun in serving and thinking of others; something my family has come to look forward to most during advent each year!
article from last year, referenced above, is a link to a Bible advent I developed on our old ministry website. Walk through scripture as you count down to the celebration of Jesus' birth!
I pray your Christmas season is full of Christ and hope and joy that comes in knowing a baby in a manger paved a path that we all might meet Him in heaven one day!