This has been a busy month with designing non-stop and of course when I am all finished with Christmas ideas, tonight I get a new one! Today, I want to share with you a 10 Day Mini Advent Calendar "ON-THE-GO" for all of us busy moms that want to focus on Jesus Christ during Christmas, but do not have the time to put together an advent calendar like our 25 Days of Christmas calendar that has been popping up all over the internet. It has been fun to see the different ways people are using it. For those of you that haven't been able to take advantage of our FREE Advent Calendar, then this idea is just the right size for you and it even fits in YOUR POCKET! This advent calendar will take you through the life of Jesus Christ from His baptism to His resurrection. As you read His story, you can write your story by using the writing prompts at the top. Learn what Jesus Christ did to #LIGHTtheWORLD while He was on earth and then go and do as He did. Be inspired by watching this short video on how you can do this, then let's get our MINI ADVENT CALENDARS made.
Our 10 day advent calendar coordinates with our CHRISTMAS-IN-A-BOX idea that we came up with, but short and sweet for the ON-THE-GO moms like you! It is really simple and easy to put together. If you have less than 5 minutes, you can put together your own advent calendar to use for yourself, your family or give it to a neighbor. Just print, cut, hole punch and attach it together with a ring or string! That's it. You don't even need paper, pencil, scriptures or a music book to participate in this interactive calendar that can fit in your back pocket, purse, keychain or hang it on your Christmas tree. All you need is a smart phone and a scanning app like ScanLife. Each day scan the code on the bottom and watch the scripture video and song, then open the FamilySearch Memory App and record your story by voice! Preserve your history for generations to come. Here's what the MINI ADVENT CALENDAR looks like.
As I woke up on Day 1 of the last 10 days until Christmas, I began like I do everyday to study the scriptures. Right now, I am studying again the Old Testament. I am in Exodus where Moses is talking about the tabernacle that was built. There is much symbolism in this ancient temple as there are in Mormon temples today. I came across a quote by Elder Holland that fits completely with this year's Christmas season focus which is #LIGHTtheWORLD. Paul, the apostle, explains in Hebrews how Jesus is the "high priest of good things to come" and talks about the tabernacle/temple and how Christ helps us overcome our despair and trials. Then our modern day Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Holland, said,
“Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better. Moroni spoke of it in the Book of Mormon as ‘hope for a better world’ [Ether 12:4]. For emotional health and spiritual stamina, everyone needs to be able to look forward to some respite, to something pleasant and renewing and hopeful, whether that blessing be near at hand or still some distance ahead. It is enough just to know we can get there, that however measured or far away, there is the promise of ‘good things to come.’
“My declaration is that this is precisely what the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us, especially in times of need. There is help. There is happiness. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. It is the Light of the World, the Bright and Morning Star, the ‘light that is endless, that can never be darkened’ [Mosiah 16:9; see also John 8:12; Revelation 22:16]. … To any who may be struggling to see that light and find that hope, I say: Hold on. Keep trying. God loves you. Things will improve. Christ comes to you in His ‘more excellent ministry’ with a future of ‘better promises.’ He is your ‘high priest of good things to come’ [Hebrews 8:6; 9:11]” (“An High Priest of Good Things to Come,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 36; see also the commentary for Romans 4:18–22)."
My hope and prayer in creating all of the many Christ centered Christmas printables and ideas for you and your family is that you might find peace and happiness that only comes through our Savior, Jesus Christ. He truly is the reason for this Christmas season. Let's continue to #LIGHTtheWORLD not only til Christmas, but every day that we are blessed to live on this beautiful world we call home.