Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Calendar update and story

Thank you to all who purchased an advent calendar burlap banner to get started on your own calendar.

I’m so sorry if you were thinking of getting one, but I don’t have any left now. Let me give you the Noel Advent Calendar story. Perhaps that in itself will get your creative juices flowing.

Here’s how we use the story. On December 1, we read just through the December 1 part of the story. On December 2, we begin again at the beginning and read through December 2. On December 3, read from the beginning through December 3. Etc.

DEC. 1     Jesus is the greatest Treasure of all. This is the story of how he came to us.

Long ago, God made a promise about a little town named Bethlehem. He said, “O Bethlehem . . . from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel.” Jesus is the King God promised to send.

One time, a long time ago, in Bethlehem there was a place called a stable. In the stable there was a MANGER, filled with hay . . .


DEC. 2     . . . for the animals to eat. There were animals like a CALF . .


DEC. 3     . . . and his mother, the COW. . .


DEC. 4     . . . and a DONKEY.


DEC. 5     Maybe there was even a HEN WITH HER CHICKS!


DEC. 6     One day the animals had a big surprise. A woman came to stay in the stable. That was because the emperor commanded everyone to go to their home-towns and sign up for paying taxes. Little Bethlehem was filled with people, so there was no other place for the woman to stay. Her name was MARY, and she was glad to rest in the stable with the animals, because she was going to have a baby—very soon!


DEC. 7     Her husband, JOSEPH, was with her. Before they traveled to Bethlehem, an angel of God talked to him in a dream. The angel said, “This baby is from God. You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  This baby was the king God had promised.


DEC. 8     Out in the fields near Bethlehem, there was a SHEPHERD .  .  .


DEC. 9     . . . taking care of his SHEEP.


DEC. 10                 Maybe he had a DOG to help him . . .


DEC. 11     . . . take care of the SHEEP. . .


DEC. 12     . . . along with the other SHEPHERDs.


DEC. 13                 In the sky, there was a very special STAR.


DEC. 14                 Far away, a WISE MAN saw the star and said, “This is the sign that a special king has been born . . .


DEC. 15      . . . I must find him and wor-ship him. I’ll bring him a royal gift of GOLD.”


DEC. 16                 So he got his CAMEL ready to travel . . .


DEC. 17      . . . and he brought along another WISE MAN. . .


DEC. 18      . . . who had a gift of rich per-fume, called FRANKINCENSE, for the king.


DEC. 19                 He came on his CAMEL . . .


DEC. 20      . . . and another WISE MAN wanted to go with them too.


DEC. 21     So he brought a gift of precious oil, called MYRRH, to give to the king.


DEC. 22                 When he had packed all his baggage on his CAMEL, all the wise men set out on the long, long journey to find the king that God had promised.


DEC. 23                 One night, an ANGEL of the Lord appeared to the shepherds. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were filled with fear. But the angel said, “Fear not. I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”


DEC. 24                 Suddenly, there was a multitude of ANGELs, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”


DEC. 25                 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the BABY JESUS lying in the manger.

And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

When Jesus grew up, he died and rose from the dead to save us from our sins. He is our greatest Treasure!



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17 Responses to “Calendar update and story”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this story! I am modifying it to work with the Advent calendar that I have. Seeing your post reminded me that I need to get it ready because Dec. 1 is almost here already!

  2. courtney schnee

    THANK YOU NOEL!!!! we have been searching frantically around the house for the reading, I misplaced it and after 30 minutes of searching online, i found it on your wonderful blog! thank you!

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I read your book a few years ago and was so excited to purchase your Advent calendar. But then I was so disappointed to find out it wasn’t for sale and each year since, I haven’t been able to find it on the Desiring God website — are they no longer for sale? It is a wonderful teaching tool for young children and certainly a fun way to keep the meaning of Christmas focused. I love the repetition. Thank you for your ministry and this adorable idea. If I can get those creative juices flowing, I hope to start using it for my kids at least within the next few days :)

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  11. We love your calendar! We have been using it since 2006 & we usually record the kids reading at least a few days of it, so it’s really fun to look back at those old videos!

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