'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
we are "unwrapping the greatest gift"
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.