Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars are such a gorgeous tradition.  Whether they feature tiny treats, meaningful scripture passages, sweet chocolates, or ornaments, it’s a wonderful way to mark the passing of the Advent season.  Here are several that I have found to be especially beautiful, creative, or unique:

Does your family employ an Advent calendar?  We don’t have one yet–I feel it’s something that will better suit our needs once we have children.  If you do use an Advent calendar, do you mark the days with candy?  Scripture?  Holiday outings?

Personally, I like the idea of nightly scripture reading accompanied by some kind of sweet treat.  I also love Bill Graham’s reading guide for the Advent season {to be used with your Advent wreath}.  It’s available for free here.

Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent.  Here is the scripture we will be reflecting on:

The birth of Jesus took place like this.  His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph.  Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant.  {It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.}  Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream.  God’s angel spoke in the dream:  “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married.  Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived.  God’s Holy Spirit made her pregnant.  She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus–‘God Save’–because he will save his people from their sins.”  This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:

Watch for this–a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Immanuel {Hebrew for “God is with us”}.














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