Friday, December 07, 2007

Christ's Mass

I've been looking for an Advent calendar that apparently doesn't exist.  I've found lots of books, chocolate calendars, cards, and expensive wood statue triptychs, but not the calendar I'm envisioning. While I've been searching for this calendar, I was reminded of the Jesse tree.  I don't have a Jesse tree, but I'd like to have one.  Most people make them and that's probably what I will do when I have a crafty moment.


The calendar I'm looking for would hang on the wall, have flaps that open to tell the story of Christ's birth starting with Caesar Augustus's decree to register and ending with the Resurrection or even better The Great Commission.

I don't want it to have any sort of cartoon characters or weird scenes from Jerusalem with angels exploding with light and glitter.  In fact I think a really cool thing to have on the outside of the flaps would be different names used in the Bible for Jesus; like Immanuel, Good Shephard, Bread of Life, etc.   This year, our church sent every family an Advent calendar that uses the names of Christ and we are enjoying it very much. 

I wonder if I'm going to have to make the calendar?  Does anyone out there have one they love?I've been on this search for two or three years, maybe I'm not looking in the right spots.  

Okay, that's it, carry on.

6 comments:

jennifer h said...

http://crafts.kaboose.com/felt-tree-advent-calendar.html

This one looks very much like the one my MIL made for us at a WIC function at her church when my boys were young. We use it every year. The "ornaments" for the tree are all associated with a little card with a scripture reference so you go through the entire advent/Christmas story, including references to Adam & Eve and the fall. So you put the little ornaments with their corresponding cards in the numbered pockets underneath the tree. Then you take them out each day. We have used this for family devotions during Advent for many years. I will say that this year I haven't dug it out yet because we haven't put up any decorations yet. But we love using this and recommend it highly. If you're interested, I could send you the list for the scripture references and the suggested ornaments.

iloveupstate.com said...

Check with the American Bible Society in NY, NY.

Abby said...

what you're looking for sounds really cool! Let us know if you find it, or show us if you end up making it!

lori shaffer said...

I have been looking for years, because I haven't found the time to make my own yet.


I have been collecting artwork for years, hoping to eventually make either a Jesse Tree or advent calendar of my own design, with readings, hymns, stories, etc. to go along with it. If you find something fabulous, let me know! I'll do the same for you...

NancyB said...

For a great post on a Jesse tree go to the Rocks In My Dryer blog. She did a great post on hers; made me want one.

Becky said...

Hi April - I found your blog through your sister. I've been reading backward a bit and couldn't resist sharing our advent tree with you. We got it a few years ago and love it still.
http://ryanagi.blogspot.com/2005/12/advent.html
Back to reading... lol