Obviously we buy a lot of paper bags around here. But I can help.
In the next few weeks I'll be posting some of my favorite things and my kids' favorite Christmas gifts and toys from over the years, but today I'm helping you out with Advent. I know, I'm such a lifesaver.
Last year, Heidi at A Lively Hope gave me a free digital copy of this beautiful Names of Christ Advent Devotional for families to review and two to give away, and we're doing it again!
Last-minute style, because that's the only way I roll.
My kids loved doing Names of Christ last year, and we're looking forward to doing it again this year. Here's how it works:
From every day from December 1st until Christmas, your family learns about a different title for Jesus Christ and colors a pretty ornament.
|Cut out the circles, glue together with a loop of ribbon in the middle, and bam. You've got an ornament.|
The discussions were a little too basic for our older kids, so we beefed them up a bit by adding our own insights and thoughts.
Because of Heidi's signature Zentangle/adult coloring book style, even the older kids who outgrew coloring years ago were excited about doing these intricate ornaments.
|Fact: kids listen better while their hands are busy. Especially our 4-year-old.|
Because it's digital, I can use Names of Christ year after year and print off as many copies as I want.
You're even allowed to share printed copies (not the digital version) for personal or classroom use, so I printed off some more of these and brought them to my Sunday School class last year for my 9- and 10-year-olds to make the Sunday before Christmas.
Our four oldest kids times 24 ornaments equals a lot of ornaments (plus I'm a perfectionist who had to stuff a rag in my mouth to keep from screaming when my kids put the stamps on our Christmas cards crooked,) so we gave the kids their own special tree for the ornaments they made.
Ours curled a little after the glue dried because we printed them out on regular typing paper. If that would drive you crazy (again, perfectionist, I totally get it) you could use nicer cardstock.
Heidi is giving away two digital copies, so enter below to win one! The giveaway runs from today through November 25.
The widget below tells you all the ways to enter; they're all optional and you can even do some of them every day. We'll randomly choose winners and Heidi will email the digital copy to you just in time to make it look like you had this Advent thing planned all along.
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:
Disclaimer: I'll be the first to admit that last year, we didn't make our goal of doing an ornament every single day, and if I'm completely honest we probably won't this year.
But it helped us keep Christ in Christmas which is really what it's all about.
For those of you who are panicking because the holidays are sneaking up on you again, I hope you win!
And for those of you who've had your entire Christmas planned out since August, my hat is off to you. Feel free to come mow my lawn and remove the Easter egg wreath from my front door anytime you like.
giveaway sponsored by A Lively Hope