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25 Days of Simple Christmas-Names of Jesus Advent Chain

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea about keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  

Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

We made this names of Jesus Advent Chain today.  I happened to see it online and wished we had known about it earlier.  There is a name of Jesus for 25 days, and each day has verses to explain the meaning and a devotion.  So awesome!

Since we discovered this a little later, we decided to read some of the names each day and their meanings.

Today, we printed out the chain and put it together.  


Then, we hung it up and each day will be reminded just how wonderful our Savior is by seeing some of the many names of Jesus on display:


Wonderful Counselor
Messiah
Prince of Peace
Lily of the Valley
Saviour
Shiloh
Good Shepherd

What an awesome resource, and I plan on doing it next year.  Really digging deep into the character of Christ and Who He Is!


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25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 
25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers @ Sidetracked Sarah 
25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 

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25 Days of Simple Christmas- Define Neccesity

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea about keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  

Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

This picture has been circulating online and it really hits home. {I do not know the original source to give credit to, but have seen it several places}

I just want to focus this post today on praying for those who really are without.


As we run around trying to provide our kids with their “wants,” let’s pray for those truly in need…


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their 25 Days of Christmas Series:
25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 
25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers @ Sidetracked Sarah 
25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 

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25 Days of Simple Christmas-A Very Meaningful Tradition

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea about keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  

Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Today I share with you, a very meaningful tradition…


A really special tradition in our family is one that was started when I was a little girl.  Each year my parents would take my sister and I to a local Christmas store and pick out an ornament.  My mother would label each ornament with the year we bought it and our initials. 

Over the years we each accumulated a beautiful assortment of ornaments and when we each were married, the ornaments went with us to our new homes.

I still have every ornament from every year, and it is truly a gift to pull them out each year and reminisce about them.  My very first ornament is a worn out Donald Duck wearing ice skates.  There is a Pebbles (from the Flintstones) holding a candy cane.  There is a ballerina from when I was middle school age and was enrolled in dancing school.  There is the disco ball shaped like a pear…just to bring some laughs as to what was I thinking when I picked that one out!?  There are quite a few angels, because I used to collect them.

It is a treasure to have all of those ornaments, and to show them to my children each year when we pull out the Christmas boxes.

When our first child was born, we began the same tradition.  

Grace’s first ornament was a stork carrying a baby girl with a sign below that says,
“Snowflake from heaven.”


Every year we take the children to pick out an ornament, and label it with their initials and the year.  So far we have a collection of Star Wars characters, a sparkly violin, some birds, etc.  Each representing something special to the child that year, or just because that is what they liked at the time!


A simple, yet extremely meaningful tradition, 
that I am so thankful to my parents for starting.  
The memories are priceless…


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25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 
25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers @ Sidetracked Sarah 
25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 


Visit Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling today to link up as well!

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25 Days of Simple Christmas-The Star of Bethlehem Movie

Welcome to the 25 Days of Simple Christmas!  Each day I will be posting an idea about keeping the holidays simple- so that we can focus on Christ and the real meaning of Christmas!

While Christmas is such a special day, so much of the joy gets lost in the busyness.  
Each day I will be writing about a simple way to celebrate the season.  To focus on family, joy, and memories, without the elaborate extras that can bring added stress. Simple can be more meaningful if it gives us more time to focus on the huge GIFT we are awaiting-Jesus Christ, our Savior.


Today I am recommending a wonderful Christmas resource: The Star of Bethlehem movie.

If you are looking for a different type of Christmas movie, and even something quite educational for your homeschool,The Star of Bethlehemis a great choice.

We watched this movie several years back and it was jaw dropping.  It is a movie that discusses how modern science has been able to use technology that shows exactly what the stars in the sky looked like and their positioning 2,000 years ago, at the time of Jesus’ brith.

The results will astound you. You will be blown away by what they find.

If you are looking to dig deeper into the Truth of Christmas and how it is so much more than a “story,” this movie is for you.  It will give you real facts to support the truth of the Bible.
I highly recommend this for a family night. 
You will be sure to have some great discussions following.  You can order it by clicking below:


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25 Days of Christmas: Home for the Holidays @ Graceful Abandon 
25 Days of Easy Christmas Crafts for Toddlers & Preschoolers @ Sidetracked Sarah 
25 Days of Christmas Traditions @ Sharing the Journey 
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