We start by hanging this wallhanging which was a little-by-little work of several years. The Log Cabin Christmas Tree pattern came from Quilt in a Day and is fairly simple to put together.
Then I decided to turn it into an Advent calendar by cross-stitching the numbers and adding them to the bottom. Little plastic canvas circles hung on hooks became ornament pouches by sewing two together for sliding in little slips of paper. In previous years, those slips of paper have said what activity we do for that day. This year is a little different. To start our 24 days, we're looking at seven of the gifts that God gives us, culminating in the seventh being Jesus himself. Then we're focusing some of the names of Jesus. So in each ornament is written one or two Scripture references. The Scripture references lead us to the Bible wherein is tucked the advent card for the day.
Yesterday's card (tucked into James 1)said:
Day 1 - God gives us wealth and every good gift. Eccl. 5:19; James 1:17
Activity: Find the $10 bill hidden shomewhere in the main living rooms of the house (not in bedrooms or bathrooms). Whoever finds it get to put it in the Jesus' Birthday Bank (*something we collect thoughout the year and give to a worthy charity at Christmas as our "gift" to Jesus*) and get to keep the $1 bill hidden iwth it. There is no time limit on this, butyour responsibilities must be done before you may spend time searching. When it is found, we will prepare the Jesus' Birthday Bank money for mailing or taking.
Today's card (tucked into Galatians 5) reads:
Day 2. God gives us the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38-39; Gal. 5:22-26
Activity: It is the Holy Spirit in us that enables us to do anything good or right. Relying on His power to help you, write on an index card what gift of righteousness you want to give back to Him this coming year and keep it in your personal devotions caddy so you can pray for His power and be reminded to work on it daily. Let's remember to pray for each other's spiritual growth also.
These cards are 1/4 of a sheet of paper, printed on red cardstock. I hope to post photos of them along the way, but my computer is being particularly slow today. Maybe I'll even figure out how to make a separate page and put the whole plan up there, as soon as I get it all written. :) Inspiration struck late this year so it's all a little fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants.
Since this post has been kind of a rush job in between getting breakfast for people, I'm happy to try to clarify any confusions I may have caused.
Blessed beyond measure, I