For me Christmas is a religious holiday, and I try to spend the whole month in reflection of Jesus' life and what He means to me. Hard as I try, though, stuff tends to get in the way. I'm talking about gifts, wrapping, cookies, Christmas letters, and a family picture for our Christmas card (which always goes super-smoothly for a family with 5 young kids...)
My solution is to try to get as much of the "stuff" as I can done early, ideally by the end of November. But even then, I somehow end up having (at least) one nervous breakdown on or around December 15th, usually having something to do with assembling cookie plates or paying out the nose for expedited shipping for the gifts I forgot until the last minute.
This year, I have much less energy than usual. Soooo much less energy. I was almost disappointed at my last ultrasound to see that I wasn't pregnant with twins — I thought that surely just a single fetus couldn't sap my life force this way. But it has, and I'm pretty wiped out. And I haven't done anything for Christmas yet.
So one of the things I've been including in my nightly prayers (that is, when I don't just drop unconscious after dinnertime) is that I can find a way to celebrate a Christ-centered Christmas season even though I have precious little time or energy to put a plan together.
What fell into my lap was this Names of Christ Advent Devotional from Heidi at A Lively Hope. Heidi sent me a free copy to review and I'm so excited to use it.
Other than making sure there's ink in my printer, the planning part is taken care of for me. There are 24 ornaments, one for every night of Advent for my kids to color while we read a Bible verse and talk about a different title given to Jesus: "Prince of Peace," "Light of the World," that kind of thing.
What I love about this:
- I can print out multiple copies for my household so each kid can do their own ornament
- Coloring or drawing helps my kids to sit quietly enough to listen — we do this all the time in church and believe me, it helps!
- The designs are intricate enough to interest even my 11-year-old, who's normally too old for coloring; they remind me a little of an adult coloring book (yes, that's a real product)
With Heidi's permission I'm going to give two of these away to you, my readers! You can see more pictures and information about the devotional here. The giveaway runs from today until November 23, and the nifty little widget below has all the ways you can get entries into the giveaway (do any or all of them, they're all optional.)
This is called Rafflecopter, by the way. Don't be afraid of it. It doesn't bite or make you promise your firstborn or steal your identity or anything. Just helps you win one of the two digital copies we're giving away of this Names of Christ Advent devotional.
Winners will be chosen randomly and Heidi will email you your digital copy in plenty of time to get things all printed off and set up before December 1st. Best of luck to you!
If you missed or didn't win the giveaway, you can also buy the Names of Christ Advent Devotional through my affiliate link by clicking here:
giveaway sponsored by A Lively Hope