Count and illuminate each day of Advent
Shepherds and their sheep enjoy their first encounter with the baby Jesus, watched over by Mary and Joseph in a stable.
Bible text and pictures appear behind each window, individually opened in separate locations scattered over this illustration. It measures 9 1/2" x 13" and comes with an envelope. Personalize a calendar for each family in your congregation.
The children of your congregation and their families can count the days to Christmas and connect with the Nativity story in a hands-on way. Open window number 1 on December 1 and see what is revealed on the other side. Continue opening a window each day until you reach the last window, number 24, which is opened on Christmas
Our special Storybook, The Promise of Christmas, makes a perfect gift for children and is specially priced at $1.59 for a limited time. You can find the book in the Related Products Section below.
Check out Worship Connection to see all the ways you can worship during this season of hope.
Did you know...
Christians use Advent wreaths as part of their spiritual preparation for Christmas. After all, Christ is “the Light that came into the world” to dispel the darkness of sin and to radiate the truth and love of God (cf. John 3:19-21).
The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead.
The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world. Some modern day adaptations include a white candle or Christ Candle placed in the middle of the wreath, which represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve.