Sunday, November 28, 2010

The McLeods' Countdown to Christmas

Starting December 1st, I am going to attempt to add a new post to this blog each day as I count down the days until Christmas. Right now, I thought I would share a few things our family is doing this year to celebrate Christmas.

A couple of years ago my wife Marsha made an Advent calendar (see picture). There are 25 little pockets on the calendar, and in each of these pockets we put candy. Every morning from December 1st to Christmas Day, our two boys, Connor and Cohen, will enjoy the candy for that day. (Our daughter Sophie, who is six months old, will have to wait until next year to participate.)

This year I decided to add a new tradition to our Advent calender. Not only will there be candy each day, but also a Christmas Bible verse. I was pleased that my boys thought this was a good idea. It's a simple way to remind our children of the real meaning of Christmas. (If you are interested, I could email you a document containing these verses.)

We also bought a Lego Advent Calendar. (Just what we need...more Lego!) When we finally decided we wanted to get one, I thought they might have been completely sold out. But I was happy to find at a local Zellers store what might have been the last available Lego Advent Calendar (at least in the city of Halifax).

Right now we are in the process of making a Silent Night Nativity display. Marsha ordered the pattern online and traced it on a piece of plywood. Last Saturday I cut it out, and Marsha just started painting it a minute ago. Hopefully, we'll have it out on our front yard sometime this week.

Next year, I think I might expand the display (possibly adding some shepherds). Plus, I might build a sign to display a Bible verse (maybe Luke 2:11). Then I thought of a really ambitious idea. During the new year I might make a website that will explain the truth about who Jesus is and why He came to earth. Then on my Bible verse sign I will include the address to this site. This would be an attempt to share the message of Christ with my neighbors.