Nov 29, 2012

Christ Centered Countdown to Christmas

We are in full fledged Christmas mode around here.  Our tree is up, our stockings are hung, some of our Christmas cards have been sent, and our Christmas shopping is off to a good start.  We are giddy with excitement and every night as I'm tucking my three kiddos into bed I get asked, "Mom, how many more days until Christmas?"

The past couple of years, our family has counted down the days until Christmas using paper calendars filled with chocolate hidden inside little windows, red and green paper chains, or even tiny stockings filled with holiday activities to do or service to give to others.  
We've loved all of these.

This year, I decided I wanted my family to enjoy the anticipation of Christmas with a scripture countdown.  A way of being reminded everyday, what this special season is truly about.

I put together a sequence of scriptures that depict Christ's anticipation, birth + life.  

To put this together, I painted an old cork board I had on hand with stripes in two different shades of white. (I know it's kind of hard to tell in these dark pictures.)  Then I put number stickers on 25 tiny envelopes.  I pinned the tiny envelopes onto the board and stuffed them with tiny little cards with scriptures written on each one.  (The tiny envelopes, cards, and number stickers were all found at Hobby Lobby.)

I really hope that we can feel the true meaning of Christmas as we read these scriptures together each day.

I know we're just a few short days away from the first of December, but if you're interested in doing a scripture countdown for Christmas this year too, you are welcome to click on the link below for the list of scriptures I used.  

{*To keep things extra simple, you could even just write these scriptures onto strips of paper and make a scripture chain countdown.} 


Mary Davis said...

I love this! Such a great idea to keep in mind the real meaning of Christmas but to stay excited about it too!

Shannon Rice said...

What a great idea and I absolutely love the simplicity of your design.


Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

Super cute! I love the focus on Christ in this crazy commercial world!

Julia C. said...

What a GREAT idea!! And thank you so much for the scripture list!


Rachael said...

Awesome idea! I think I will do this. Thank you for sharing!

Jen Norton said...

I never ever leave comments, but i just wanted to thank you! Reading these scriptures during Christmas will centre my family on what matters most. I have been looking for ages for the right scripture sequencing of Christ's birth, ministry, death etc and yours is by far the best, especially with the scriptures you have chosen at the end. Like i said thank you!!!!

Unknown said...

Robin, I came across this post of yours and I have to say I am a little late but I am starting this tonight. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea and a way to cherish what the season really is about. Blessings.


annewalker said...

How i love this idea! I also want to keep Christ in our Christmas. this year, we created a nativity scene in our living room, beside our christmas tree - having a bright star as topper. Nice scriptures.

Merry Christmas to all!
Anne Walker @ Christian Christmas Messages

Deborah Dennis said...

Awesome idea...question is on Day 25 what is D & C? The only book of the Bible with 76 chapters is Psalms and that doesn't seem to fit. Also what is 1 Nephi?

Shantillylace said...

Love this Christmas countdown! I'm totally going to use it! Also, in case this is helpful to the comment above: D & C is Doctrine and Covenants and you can find those verses here:

And 3 Nephi is from the Book of Mormon and you can find those scriptures here:

ms.ellis said...

I have the same questions as Deborah! I am making it now and don't know what to do!!

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