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Day 24 – Advent Calendar

MeRrY ChRiStMaS!!

Think about the real reason we celebrate Christmas and do something related.  Stop in at the Church, watch the Nativity movie, read the Nativity story from your bible, etc.

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{You may choose to simplify the process big-time.  It doesn’t need to be time-consuming, stressful, or cost you anything.  Do what works for you and enjoy the season with the ones you love!!}

Alternative Activity:  Read (and or sing!) through the lyrics of “The First Noel” :

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepards in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay a keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far:
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel.

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from the country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

This star drew nigh to the north-west;
O’er Bethlehem it took it’s rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

Then entered in those wise men three,
Fell reverently upon their knee,
And offered there in his presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the kind of Israel.

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

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Day 23 – Advent Calendar

Do something nice for someone you have had a conflict with in the past.

Alternative Activity:  Wrap a present for Jesus (or write it down).  Perhaps it is asking Him for help to get rid of your bad attiude, a sin you have committed or something in your life that has been disappointing you.  No matter what, commit to letting Him keep it.  Once you ask for His help or forgiveness, LET GO and move forward.  Remember—this is why He was brought into this world in the first place!  To help us!

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Day 22 – Advent Calendar

Get Christmas Pampered!  Take a bubble bath to Christmas music, paint your nails a bright red, green or silver, and sit back and relax!

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time.  It doesn’t need to be time-consuming, stressful, or cost you anything.  Do what works for you and enjoy the season with the ones you love!!}

Alternative Activity:  Take a moment to enjoy a Crackling Fire!  If you don’t have a fireplace, here is one below (you can watch it for up to 3 hours long)!  Be sure to turn up the volume!

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Day 21 – Advent Calendar

Do something for someone that the can’t do for themselves.  (Examples: pay their electric bill, introduce two of your single friends to one another, take an elderly person out shopping, pray for someone who has drifted from the faith, etc.)

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{You may choose to simplify the process big-time.  It doesn’t need to be time-consuming, stressful, or cost you anything.  Do what works for you and enjoy the season with the ones you love!!}

Alternative Activity:  As you are in the car, sing the 12 days of Christmas, BUT take turns coming up with your own verse!  (This was a family tradition in our house growing up…as we would drive to Christmas Eve mass we would sing this as a family and each person came up with their own verse! ~Lara)

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Day 20 – Advent Calendar

Do something around the house to make life easier for a family member. Whether it’s picking up a sibling’s toys, straightening a parent’s work space, or helping clean up the kitchen, pitch in and do something to help someone else!

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{You may choose to simplify the process big-time.  It doesn’t need to be time-consuming, stressful, or cost you anything.  Do what works for you and enjoy the season with the ones you love!!}

Alternative Activity:  Collect loose change around your house and donate it in the Salvation Army Red Bucket the next time you go out!

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Day 19 – Advent Calendar

Schedule a “date night” with someone special in your life (an evening out with your best friend, kid(s), or someone you haven’t seen in a while).  DO NOT CANCEL

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{You may choose to simplify the process big-time.  It doesn’t need to be time-consuming, stressful, or cost you anything.  Do what works for you and enjoy the season with the ones you love!!}

Alternative Activity:  String Popcorn!  If you don’t have popcorn, be creative with the food in the pantry (cereal, noodles, etc).  More importantly…have FUN MAKING MEMORIES :)

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Day 18 – Advent Calendar

Listen to this great Christmas song, called “Where’s the Line for Jesus”.  (Search for the title if you can’t view the video below)

Alternative Activity: Do a Christmas craft or bake with the kids, remembering that the object is to have fun, not end up with something that looks beautiful. Let the kids lead rather than follow.

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time.  It doesn’t need to be time-consuming, stressful, or cost you anything.  Do what works for you and enjoy the season with the ones you love!!}

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