Have you noticed how Christmas is coming before Thanksgiving this year?
Trees are up. Next to pumpkins. Should we put up some kind of pumpkin turkey thanksgiving tree?
BUT, then again, you could say it’s Christmas all year long because God’s love doesn’t just come to us at Christmas. He’s loving us all day all year always… So anyway, I don’t mind. I love Christmas! I love Thanksgiving! I love holidays!
OK. So I don’t know if you ever noticed this, but in case (like me) you hadn’t — (I know. I wrote it. But that’s the way with stories. They’re in charge. Not you.) Anyway, if you’ve read THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE (or THE STORY OF GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU) there are precisely 24 stories leading up to the birth of Jesus in the narrative.
Well. December has 24 days leading up to Christmas day.
So you can read a story a day for Advent. (Advent, that beautiful time waiting for coming of someone we’ve been waiting for — that quiet season leading up to Christmas day.)
(How perfect! Almost as if it was planned. Except it wasn’t. At least, not by me.)
It’s like in an advent calendar, where you open a window a day and get chocolate, you can read a story a day (but in the interests of full disclosure, there is no chocolate.) (Sorry. But there IS a fab giveaway of my signed books — keep reading!)
I only realized this about the 24 stories when I heard from readers and families about how they were reading a chapter a day from THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE starting December 1st — reading through all the Old Testament stories, each story pointing to the rescuer, the prince, the light, the little baby who would come, the one all the world is waiting for and arriving at the story of Jesus’ birth right on Christmas day.
And then last year, FaithGateway shared a great resource and I’m excited that they’re offering it again this year — a FREE Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Printable and Reading Plan.
And I’ve seen lots of other ideas popping up too—on Twitter and Facebook and everywhere!— and I wanted to share those with you too.
Jesus Storybook Bible advent celebration ideas and free printable downloads:
- FaithGateway — Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Printable and Reading Plan
- A Mummy’s Musings — Redeem the Tree: Putting Christ at the Heart of All You Do This Christmas
- Saramblings — A Felt Ornament and Jesus Storybook Bible Advent
- My Mundane and Miraculous Life — The Jesus Storybook Bible Hands On Activities
- Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs — Jesse Tree Advent with the Jesus Storybook Bible
- Joyfully Weary — Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Calendar Idea
- Adriel Booker — Printable Jesus Storybook Bible reading plan
- Adventures in Missions — Color-in Printable
Want us to add your link to this JSB advent roundup? Leave a note in the comments!
BUT WAIT! Don’t go yet! I haven’t even got to the giveaway bit yet! That’s right! Enter the contest below and you could win a Sally Lloyd-Jones prize pack including…
- The Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe edition with audio CDs
- Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing
- Song of the Stars
- The Story of God’s Love for You
- poster of JSB quote beautifully hand-lettered by Patrick Laurent
… all autographed actually on the very book by Sally Lloyd-Jones! Oh yes, that’s me!
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Thank you for stopping by, happy advent, happy eager anticipation, happy thanksgiving, happy Christmas!