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10 Ways to Count Down to Christmas

Do you know what Advent is? It officially begins this coming Sunday, November 29. Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, but some people celebrate it just from December 1 to 24. No matter when you observe it, Advent is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether you are young or old, waiting is hard. I personally hate to wait. Counting down helps the time to pass. It gives us something to look forward to every day, and … Read more

6 Ways to Celebrate Advent with Kids

Advent began this week for Christians around the world, but do you really know what Advent is? Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and it ends of Christmas Eve. Many people simplify by celebrating Advent from December 1 to 24. No matter when you observe Advent, it is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let’s not pretend that our kids (and maybe us) look forward to the excitement of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Most of us give … Read more

Jesse Tree FAQ

How to Celebrate Advent with a Jesse Tree

Advent starts this weekend – Saturday or Sunday depending on whether you follow the December 1-24 plan or the 4 Sundays before Christmas plan. I follow whichever plan gives me more days for my Jesse Tree. I have been bugging Joe to dig out my Jesse Tree and Cookie from the basement, but he hasn’t done it yet. I’m ready to get this party started. I get a lot of email questions about the Jesse Tree. Here are the most common ones: What is a Jesse Tree? The Jesse Tree is a special kind of Advent calendar that traces the … Read more

Celebrate Advent with Truth in the Tinsel

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Jesus is a big deal, isn’t He? I sorta think so. Is He bigger than your Christmas tree? Bigger than the presents your kids get on Christmas morning? He should be. Advent, the celebration of the coming of our Lord and Savior, begins this year on December 2. That’s exactly 23 days away from today. The Jesse Tree is and always will be my favorite way to celebrate Advent, but last year, we added an awesome supplement. Written by my friend, Amanda, Truth in the Tinsel involves a daily Bible reading from the Christmas story along with a craft project, a discussion … Read more

Ignoring the Fracas

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The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I’m not sure where it went wrong. We have a routine. Every night, we sit down for dinner as a family. We light the candles in our Advent wreath. I get out the day’s ornament for the Jesse tree, and I find the reading that goes along with it. In between feeding Allie and myself, I read the story from either The Jesus Storybook Bible or Grace’s pink sequin Bible, and we talk about the meaning of the story. The tradition is genuine and sincere and comfortable. Tonight, my … Read more

8 Ways to Count Down to Christmas

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I’ve mentioned a time or two that Advent started this past Sunday, but do you know what Advent is? Advent is the season of waiting for Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before November and ends on Christmas Eve, but some people celebrate it just from December 1 to 24. No matter when you observe it, Advent is a time of happiness, celebration, and hopeful anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether you are young or old, waiting is hard. I hate to wait. Counting down helps the time to pass. It gives us something to look forward … Read more