Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DAY#21 - Chocolate Filled Advent Calendar

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Advent is the season that begins the celebration of Jesus' coming to earth.  The word "Advent" is derived from the Latin word "adventus" which means "coming".  During Advent Christians celebrate the birth of the Messiah Jesus but it is also a time to prepare for the second coming of Christ. 
Every Sunday during Advent my family would have a private worship time where we would light the advent wreath, sing Christmas hymns and read from the Bible.  These memories from my "Advent Family Worship Time" are some of my most precious and life changing experiences.
Part of these advent festivities was the daily opening of the "advent calendar".  In the 1970's my German grandparents always made sure that I had a chocolate filled advent calendar.  This calendar always showcased a beautiful nativity scene on the front.  I have always strived to carry on this tradition by providing my nieces with a similar advent calendar.  However, in recent years I have been disappointed by the lack of quality in these modern advent calendars which feature Santa, Rudolf or a snowman.  Until last year - I found the exact same German calendar  that my grandparents used to buy for me in a store near my home.  This calendar even featured the exact same nativity picture that appeared on my 1970's calendar! (I know that it is the same picture because when I was a child I used to spend hours drawing portions of this nativity scene during my creative free time).

Since this calendar is so precious to me I decided that we should open it together!
Each day - look at the top picture and try to find the number that we will be opening. 
Today is December twenty-first..........I'm opening #21 (which is in the third row)................
It's an ANGEL

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;  he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you;  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.' "
Luke 2:8-14
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