Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Countdown to Christmas - #countdown2christmass Book Review and Giveaway

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During the weeks before Christmas, Christian families prepare to remember the birth of Jesus. As they do, family traditions fall into place, and children get very excited about the celebration to come. Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of the Jesse Tree Tradition allows your family to take time to know the people in the Bible and to see their connection to Jesus. To begin the tradition, set up a small 2' - 3' high tree in your home and read one story every night in the days before Christmas. After each story, hang an ornament to remember the biblical figures, starting with Adam and Eve and ending with Jesus. Night by night, children learn that Jesus had a family just like they do. This beautifully illustrated book will help you establish a cherished holiday tradition with your own family. Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of the Jesse Tree Tradition includes a complete set of Jesse Tree ornaments on heavy card stock paper. Each ornament features a color illustration to match individual stories in the book. Punch out the corresponding ornament after you read each story, add a ribbon or string, and hang it on a small Christmas tree. See the history of the book on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?=GOt5J5xPBL8

Although I enjoy the commercial hubbub of Christmas, I know ultimately it is about the birth of Jesus Christ that makes the holiday so special.  My children, who are older, have been raised to know and understand that belief.  My younger nieces, who come over to visit often, also know the true meaning of Christmas and I reiterate that to them during the holidays.  We've made simple projects in the past, and this year we will be doing a Christmas Countdown with the book Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of the Jesse Tree Tradition.
 
Written by a young person, this book gives children the opportunity to explore Bible stories.  Each story is one page long and mostly adheres to my own beliefs about scripture and Bible stories.  It's written a way that children can understand, and help them feel more connected to Christ.  It helps them to see that He's not just some fantasy figure.  Included with the book is 24 ornaments, on heavy stock paper.  Each ornament has a picture that corresponds with a story in the book.  To be used as an advent, children can take the ornament and hang it on a tree for a visual of the countdown to Christmas.  There is a small punch hole in the ornaments for a piece of string or ribbon to be looped through.  I've already read through the book myself but can't wait to put it to use with my nieces when the time comes to start counting down to Christmas.
 
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42 comments:

Isaiahsmom said...

Every year I do try to do a Christmas Advent Calendar for the kids.

Lauren said...

Yes, we always do an advent calendar at our house.

Jamie Williams said...

yes i started a new tradition with my daughter, i love seeing her face when she gets to open each days.

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

Yes, I do an advent calendar in house too!
Thank You for the chance

Fiona N

rubynreba said...

Yes, I love Advent calendars!

Pam said...

We've frequently done advent calendars, but they were typically the chocolate-a-day type. I think it's time we done one that has real meaning!

Sue Hull said...

Yes we always had one. We had the one with chocolate in it. I love the idea of this book. My nieces would really enjoy reading this book. Thank you for the chance :)

Sue Hull said...

Yes we always had one. We had the one with chocolate in it. I love the idea of this book. My nieces would really enjoy reading this book. Thank you for the chance :)

chickie717 said...

NO I have never used one before... Maybe in childhood I di but don't remember.

Ken Ohl said...

I don't have one but would love to get one for my little niece. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Leela said...

Yes, I have.

Stacy Renee said...

I have never used an advent but I plan on making one for my daughter soon.

Peggy said...

I used an Advent calendar to help let the children know when Christmas would be there.

Renee said...

No we don't do a countdown.

SexyBrat said...

My kids love it when we have advent calendars. :) They are fun.

Chad Gusta said...

We love these

slb3334 said...

I have not but they are cool.

Krystle Smith said...

Yes we used to do one with chocolates!

adoptingteens said...

! would like to start,,,,,

Susan Smoaks said...

i have used an advent calendar before they are nice.

Karen Mayernick said...

Yes, every year we do an advent calendar! Thanks for the opportunity!

Maria Gagliano said...

Every year I try to do some kind of Advent Calendar

cindiizzy said...

We use an advent calendar every year

saturdaynightfever said...

I had an advent calendar when I was but a lad.

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crankyyanky1 said...

No we have never used anything like that except for a chalkboard that we have that we count down the days on

Karen Drake said...

I don't have an Advent calendar, we always had one when I was growing up.

Tim Hughes said...

I've never used an Advent calendar but I have wanted to.

trichie said...

No I have never used one

Ceecjjj said...

Yes, we always use one with the kids each year

Charles-Linda Bradshaw said...

I have never used one before. I was looking up some on pinterest today so we could this year.

Diana said...

We love advent calendars
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kay b said...

We do the chocolate calendars

Candie L said...

We have not but I keep kicking my tail for not doing it every year. Thank you

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Brenda Guardado said...

I haven't used that calendar before but I may now!

blew415 said...

Yes, every year

lknott said...

Advent is a special time in our home. The waiting for the birth is important in all ages of the family!

Gail Fernandez said...

When I was growing up, we always had an Advent wreath with 4 candles.

Donna M. Clark said...

We use advent calenders every year. The little ones lookk forward to it.

janet m said...

I've never used an advent calendar but it sounds like a neat idea 2 share and use with my grandkids:)

Elaine said...

We use advent calendars every year. My kids are super excited to start theirs tomorrow =)

Jerry Marquardt said...

I always use an Advent calendar, every year. It is important.

lilyk said...

I've never used an advent calendar before.