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advent calendar

For the past two weeks I have been hard at work on an Advent calendar. That turns into a felt board. Made of very. small. pieces.

little guy

Come have some story time with me!

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."


Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end."

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

everyone must go!

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.


And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

in that country

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

they were sore afraid

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let�s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."

we three kings

They followed the star until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


Of course, when I tell the story to the children it'll be spread out over the month of December so they get a little bit each week. Each day there is a different felt character to find, and some days have bits of the story printed out as well. This is what it looked like laid out before I stuffed the pouches.

what a lot of stuff!

Well good thing that deadline is over! Wait, I have to make Christmas presents now???

Happy Advent!


And here I was planning to make a big felt tree with numbered felt ornaments and figuring Nathan wouldn't notice if we didn't start till Monday... This is amazing.

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! You're INCREDIBLE! What love and care and creativity, Leah! What a blessing for your whole family! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! :-)

I just read it with Noah and he said "OWL!!" and "read that one more time" and "I like that"
And he says "Hi Harvey."

I would think the orders would be pouring in!! That is not only fabulous Leah it is tear evoking in this old broad.

Actually Katie, two days ago I was having a freak-out that I wouldn't finish it in time, and Dan was trying to calm me down, and I was all playing the jew card: "I never HAD an advent calendar before" and Dan looked at me very lovingly but sternly and said, "Do you know how many advent calendars I had in my life? Do you know how many started on December 1st??? And those were ones that she BOUGHT."

Which is to say, Nathan will be happy and learn the tradition of advent if you start on Monday. And if you buy it in a store. Also, he might be a bit young. This morning Harvey was very excited to open the first day and read the little story, but Zion said No and stayed playing trains.

love love love. the whole thing is so cool. love the donkey, the people.... love it.

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