Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Christ Centered Celebrations: A Nativity Advent Banner

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Christmas is around the corner! The tree is decorated.  Holiday music fills the speakers.  A chill is in the air.

And day after day I have been working on a project.

Just a little something to help start this season right.  And make sure it ends right, too.

You see, I believe that within Christmas, Christ can be found.

But it requires preparing our hearts and preparing our homes.

And sometimes it requires us to embrace new traditions that will remind us of the real reason for the season.

Traditions that will help us to focus on Him.

That's why I wrote this book…lots and lots of years ago…to remind me.

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In our family we study one of the figures in the nativity every week for seven weeks leading up to Christmas.  We learn about the part they played in the birth of Jesus Christ.  We focus on the lesson we can learn from their story.  Then we celebrate a tradition that helps us to learn from and remember that lesson.

Mary reminds us to ponder.

Joseph reminds us to perform secrets acts of Christmas kindness.

The shepherds remind us to testify of Jesus Christ.

The wisemen remind us that coming to know Jesus will influence us to journey another way.

The angel reminds us to share the great joy this season brings.

The lamb reminds us to recognize the hand of the Lord in our life, and in that instant, give thanks.

The Christ child reminds us to focus on Jesus all year long.

Every year we use a favorite nativity set to help us count down the weeks until Christmas.

But this year I thought we might do something different.

So I began creating this to hang in my house…

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We could hang the banner up just like this all season long.

But I don't think we will.

I think we will use it as a nativity advent calendar.

Each week after we study one figure and learn about the part they played in the birth of Jesus Christ,  we will place their banner piece on the banner to remind us of their lesson all week long.

…the Christ Child will be last.  We will place His figure on the banner on Christmas morning.

Oh, I am so excited about this.

 

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And Brother Butler wanted one like this to hang in his house…

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Maybe this year you would like to add something different to your holiday.

If so, you can find the book here.

And you can find the banner here.

Here's hoping that this Christmas will be one of your fondest!

 

 

 

 

Emily Freeman