Category Archives: Traditions

Day 13 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #13 – Have a s’mores night in front of the fireplace or outside around a firepit.

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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: Rest in the fact that the Great “I Am” has your back regardless what season of life you are in.  (Click on any of the following for encouragement in any area you are facing.)

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Day 12 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #12 – Send a thank-you note to a priest, pastor, teacher, …

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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:  Bask in the love of a God who is crazy-in-love with you.

“Your Love Is Extravagant”

Your love is extravagant.  Your friendship, it is intimate.  I feel like moving to the rhythm of Your grace.  Your fragrance is intoxicating in our secret place.  Your love is extravagant.
Spread wide in the arms of Christ is the love that covers sin.  No greater love have I ever known. You considered me a friend. Capture my heart again.
Spread wide in the arms of Christ is the love that covers sin.  No greater love have I ever known; You considered me a friend.
Capture my heart again.  Your love is extravagant. Your friendship, it is intimate.

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Day 11 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #11 – Go Christmas caroling to a neighbor or a shut-in.

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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:  Ask God how you can make the world a better place.  (Then do what He tells you to do!)

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Day 10 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #10 – Do something nice for a stranger such as go through a drive thru and pay for the person behind you, give a generous tip, or let them have the better parking spot.

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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!!}

Alternate Activity:  Give God something you have been denying Him such as obedience or trust.

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Day 8 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #8 – Put a surprise voucher in the Advent Calendar that says, “Cash this surprise in after dark and after you have your pajamas on.”  When its time to cash in the voucher, load up the family in the car (yes, in their pajamas!), grab some hot cocoa and candy canes, and drive around looking at lights.  {This is something Robynn did with her dad (minus the pajamas) as an adult, except with cappuccino, so feel to stop by the convenience store for your favorite warm drink!}

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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!!}

Alternate Activity:  Strike up a pleasant conversation with a stranger (such as a clerk, mailman, or crossing guard) and when you finish the conversation, tell them to have a wonderful day/Christmas/etc with a big smile.

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Day 7 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #7 – Put movie tickets in your Advent Calendar.  It could either be real tickets to a movie threater or handmade tickets to watch a family favorite such as “Frosty the Snowman”, “Polar Express”, or “It’s a Wonderful Life”. If you don’t have children or are single, you get to pick your favorite!!

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now to Christmas and pray for them.  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:  At night sit with only the Christmas lights on and gaze at the Christmas Tree while you reflect on the blessings you have in your life.

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Day 6 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #6 – Sleep by the Christmas Tree.

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now to Christmas and pray for them.  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!!}

Alternate Activity: Pray for God’s blessing on someone who has wronged you. 

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”  Luke 6:27-29

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Day 5 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #5 – Relive a tradition with your kids (if you have any) that you did when you were a kid OR start a new Christmas tradition that brings happiness and joy.

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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!!}

Alternate Activity:  Be encouraged by the following video entitled, “God’s Got You Covered”!

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Day 4 – Advent Calendar

Make your own ornaments.  Keep one and give one away.  

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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:  Leave a surprise note for someone or send someone a surprise email with a short little note such as:  “You brighten my day!  Thanks!!”, “You are a blessing to me!”, or “I don’t say it often enough, but “Thanks” for all you do!”

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Day 3 – Advent Calendar

Advent Day #3 – Make a list of love and appreciation.  Sit down as a family tonight and spend some time talking about what you love and appreciate about every person.

{You may choose to simplify the process big-time and do something as easy as  pick one person a day from now ’til Christmas and pray for them.  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:  Tell someone who you don’t tell regularly, “I love you.”

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