Creating a Family Advent Tradition

I knew I wanted to make an Advent calendar for our family and saw many cute ideas online. But it was important for me to keep our Advent celebration focused on Christ. I came across this wonderful online book called The Jesus Advent Devotional: The Jesse Tree Celebration. The devotional is a 25 day journey, each day containing a scripture passage from the Old Testament pointing to the coming of Christ, a family devotion and challenge, and a beautiful illustration to be used as an ornament.



 

I love the devotional and would like to use it in the future, so I wanted to make my ornaments extra nice and worth saving. I printed the beautiful ornament illustrations onto white card-stock and carefully cut them with a scrapbook style cutting tool that can be found at your local hobby/craft store. These are great to use because you get perfectly straight lines.



 



 

Using spray adhesive, I glued the ornament illustration onto Christmas scrapbook paper cut slightly larger than the illustration, and then glued that onto a piece of solid colored card-stock cut slightly larger than the Christmas scrapbook paper. These three layers give the look of a frame, matte, and picture. On the opposite side, I glued the same size square of Christmas scrapbook paper as before, and then glued the number of the corresponding day in the center with a small solid colored card stock "frame" around it. I made the numbers by typing 1 - 25 in a Word document using size 80 font.



 



 

After allowing the spray adhesive to dry for 5-10 minutes, I applied Mod Podge to one side with a sponge tipped applicator. After another 5-10 minutes of drying, I applied it to the other side.



 



 

After allowing the Mod Podge to completely dry and harden, I hung the ornaments with clothespins on a strand of twine to display the numbers for our Christmas Day countdown.



 



 

Each night, we will light a candle and sit down and read from the devotional.



 



 

When we are finished reading, the boys will take turns hanging the ornament for the day.



 



 

I am so exited about our new family Advent tradition! I really feel like it will help to keep our focus on Christ above all of the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. 

 
 

 

Comments

TwinsMom's picture

Link to the book

I had a really hard time finding the actual link to download the book, even after subscribing to their email updates. Finally, I subscribed to the RSS feed and found the link to the PDF here:
http://aholyexperience.com/1000/AJesusAdventCelebrationDevotional.pdf

Great stuff! I can't wait to start this with the family.

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