Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Real Christmas Story

My ever serious three year old son was concentrating hard. As my husband pointed to each figure on our cross-stitched advent calendar he recalled who they were. 

"John the Baptist. He came before Jesus to tell people Jesus was coming."

"Mary. An angel told her that she would be Jesus' mommy."

We were reviewing the days we had already done before our devotions that night moving on to Bethlehem, the town where Jesus was born.

Fast forward twenty-five years.

This year his two year old daughter will have her own grandma-created cross-stitched advent calendar. Three years ago before she was even born I promised her parents I would make one for them and they told me what they wanted in it.

I really didn't expect the project to take this long, but it is finally finished (with the help of a friend). I am excited to think of those adorable toddler hands placing the pieces on the calendar each day and learning the story of that first Christmas. I'll even get to be with her next weekend to help her do that and sing a carol or two.

What are you doing around your table to help your children get to know the Christ of Christmas? For more ideas on how to tell the story in your family see this post.

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  1. This is wonderful and I don't even like Christmas. Where did you get the pattern?

    1. I bought the three very blue scenes online. I downloaded baby Jesus, Mary, the wise man, Zacharias, and I designed the scroll and temple. The angel came from a book I've had forever and the verses I charted myself.

  2. Great project - and I really love your conversation starters!
    Happy Inspire Me Monday to you from Create With Joy!

  3. What a beautiful way to tell the Christmas story and to remind new grandchildren what Christmas is all about.

  4. This is marvelous!! I have never seen this type of calendar before (with bible verses) and I am just loving this version- it's a wonderful way to tell the Christmas Story. Gracias for sharing.

    1. I never really understood a calendar filled with chocolates! :-)

  5. Wow, wow, wow - what a beautiful, amazing gift, Sharon - a treasure and a legacy. Thanks for linking up your sweet story with #HearItUseIt this week. Christmas blessings!

  6. Hi Sharon, That is really beautiful. Happy holidays! Thanks for sharing at the party. Theresa @DearCreatives



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