Friday, November 25, 2011

Filling the Advent Box

I love celebrating Advent with my family. I love the symbolic candles, the carols, the reminders about what the season means.

We keep a nifty Advent box that my father made for us a couple of years ago. The actual number of days in Advent changes each year, since it begins 4 Sundays prior to Christmas, so our box has 24 drawers, one for each day in December leading up to Christmas.

I made a list of the things that will be in our advent box this year, along with the scripture verse and carol for each day! Feel free to take from it and adapt it as your own. I've seen neat advent calendars made with little gift boxes, match boxes, and even simple envelopes. Most of them match up, but there are a few odd ones--no stories about Christmas cookies or ornaments in the Bible, so those days don't 100% match up.

We bought a tiny nativity set a few years ago and that is where many of our little pieces can from. I also use little bitty ornaments.

(November 27th-Hope (Isaiah 40:3-5))

1-angel (Luke 1:26-38)
Angels we Have Heard on High
2-Mary (Luke 1: 46-55)
Mary Did You Know?
3-ornament we will make ornaments (John 1:1-4)
O Christmas Tree
4-Peace candle (Isaiah 9:6)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
5-envelope make Christmas cards (Matt 2:20)
Go Tell it on a Mountain
6-Joseph (Matt 1:18-25)
Joseph's Lullaby -Mercy Me
7-crown (Isaiah 9:6-7)
What Child is This
8-movie (Revelation 12)
O Come, All Ye Faithful
9-sheep (Micah 5:24)
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
10-bow we will wrap presents for friends (Matt 2:11)
Happy Birthday to You (Jesus)
11-Joy (Isaiah 52: 5-9)
Good Christian Friends, Rejoice
12-paper pyramid to represent Egypt (Matt 2:13-15)
Spirit of the Age -Michael Card
13-animals (Luke 2:1-7)
Away in a Manger
14-cookie cutter make cookies (John 1:14)
Deck the Halls
15-shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)
The First Noel
16-rocks to represent the line of David (Matt 1:1-17)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
17-singing ornament we will go caroling (Luke 2:13-14)
Angels from the Realms of Glory
18-Love (Jer 33:14-16)
Silent Night
19-Nativity Ornament (Micah 5:2)
O Little Town of Bethlehem
20-wise men (Matt 2:1-12)
We Three Kings
21-lights (Isaiah 9:1-2)
There's a Song in the Air
22-candy canes (Isaiah 53:5)
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
23-star (Matt 2-1)
O Holy Night
24-Jesus (Luke 2:1-2)
Joy to the World

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