Monday, December 1, 2014

advent and unwrapping the greatest gift

'tis the season of advent.
a time to prepare our hearts with 
daily devotions and activities 
that celebrate emmanuel.
this year in addition to our 
with ann voskamp's beautiful family devotion.
this book is truly a work of art,
filled with the most beautiful script and reflections.
instead of ordering the jesse tree ornaments - 
the kids are making their own to trim their very own jesse tree.
i pray that their little hearts and minds will 
hear, love and live the truth of this most blessed advent season.
merry christmas sweet friends!

and for my bits & bobs memory bank, and perhaps to inspire 
your own advent preparations,  i share our advent activity agenda.

day 1: unwrapping the greatest gift and start your own jesse tree
day 2: turn the doors into snowmen
day 3: popsicle stick christmas trees and stars
day 4: donate to the food pantry
day 5: christmas movie night marathon
day 6: mail letters to santa
day 7: make peace letter art for home
day 8: mail christmas cards to family
day 9: go out for ice cream after ella's choir concert
day 10: write and illustrate the nativity story
day 11: wear pajamas and take a drive to see the christmas lights
day 12: carol around the circle with friends
day 13: create gingerbread houses at the library
day 14: make a giant star for home
day 15: have a christmas crafternoon
day 16: put money in the salvation army bucket
day 17: christmas carol karaoke party
day 18: attend ella's school concert
day 19: go out for donuts before school
day 20: bake and deliver treats for neighbors
day 21: have a hot cocoa party with friends and santa claus (aka wes)
day 22: give cards and gifts to teachers
day 23: make and donate fleece blankets
day 24: open one present
days 25: celebrate jesus' birthday

oh and in case some of you were wondering,
yes we have the elf as well.
the hide & seek fun provides a pleasant boost 
to the morning grumps.

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