This year – I’m all about keeping things simple. I’m writing this post almost a week past Thanksgiving and the thought of pulling out my tree totally stresses me out.
I love all things Christmas – but I really want to find enjoyable, simple things that we can do as a family (i.e. don’t require more work to prepare for than to actually enjoy doing) that keep the focus on the birth of Jesus – the Savior of the World. He often seems to be the afterthought.
We have made birthday cakes for Jesus, read the story of his birth, gone to church on Christmas Eve, and have really tried to feel what those who played a role in that original Christmas story, felt. Mary – maybe 14 years old – finding out that she’s miraculously with-child, and likely to be shunned by her community. Knowing from the start what that babe she carried for nine hard months was destined to do. Oh the beauty.
A few weeks ago, one of my friends approached me to talk about working on something together as a team. Katie, over at Paper Praises, is one of the most talented and beautiful women I know. She is genuine, kind, and truly puts her heart and soul into her work for one purpose – to bless others through sharing her faith. So naturally, it was an easy decision to work with someone I admire so much. (Not to mention her work is absolutely incredible.)
She has created a set of ornaments for a purpose. They are cut and treated birch slices, each hand-painted with names of Jesus on the front with Scripture references on the back.
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This set, lovingly named The 12 Days of Jesus Advent Ornaments, a little twist on a popular Christmas song, is to be used to keep our hearts focused on One whom we celebrate.
The set includes:
12 beautifully hand-painted ornaments
1 cloth bag for storing for generations to come
1 instruction card with Scripture verses to find and read as a family together
Helpful Ways To Use This Set
Leave them in a basket under the tree and choose one to hang each of the 12 days before Christmas. Read the name of Jesus and corresponding Bible verse together.
Hang a few ornaments per week during the month of December when your family is home together.
Hang them all at once at your family Christmas gathering as a way to read Scripture and turn our hearts to the true meaning of the the holiday.
There are so many ways to use these ornaments and Katie has generously GIFTED ME A SET TO GIVEAWAY!!!!! I am so excited!!!
ENTER TO WIN A SET!
Do any of the following to enter to win a set of these beautiful advent ornaments. (Multiple entries are possible – for each of the following you complete, I’ll add your name one time – up to 3 entries).
I will pick a winner on Saturday, December 2 (hopefully live on Facebook) and ship them out to you first thing Monday morning. (I’ll even drop them off to your house if you’re local) so you’ll have them in plenty of time for Christmas.
You’ll pass down this tradition for years to come.
If you aren’t the winner of our free set, please go to the Paper Praises Etsy Shop and buy your own set for only $22! (Limited quantities available.)
Want to make your own?
Here’s what you need and the links to purchase:
What a beautiful gift for your family or one near and dear to you.
How do you keep the true meaning of Christmas to the forefront of your holidays?
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