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December has snuck up on me this year. I finished up our advent ornament countdown this afternoon in fact.
This is one of our favorite traditions, though, and we’re so excited to have a set of names of Christ advent ornaments here in Saipan. To make a new set, we cut a piece of drift wood into rounds, painted the rounds with liquid gold leafing, added names of God with a sharpie (super fancy right?). They’re a little rustic, but they’ll do.
Want to know something fun about doing this a second time? We chose many different names of Jesus this time than last time. I love that!
We also are reading stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible to coordinate with each name this year (I just sat down with one evening and matched stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible with the names on our ornaments… it honestly wasn’t much work at all- we’re hitting all of the highpoints of the Redemption Story- creation, sin, a few Old Testament stories, and then a whole bunch of character-of-Jesus stories as well).
I don’t know if I could’ve added something like this to our December List in Denver (the holidays were always just so c-razy for us), but our calendar here is still pretty wide open and I am trying to be intentional with our extra time. With one night under our belt (we’re 17 hours ahead of MST), I am beyond excited for what this month has in store.
I’d love to know- if you were starting fresh without any of your stuff, what Christmas items would you try to make or find? What traditions would you be sure to keep going? Do share!