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“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because God has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, proclaim deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18) Advent is when we wait, most poignantly, for Jesus to break into our world, God-in-flesh, liberator, teacher, healer.

Too easily, December is full of shopping lists, baking cookies, going to pageants, hosting parties, and feeling that sense of MORE – get more stuff, do more things, eat more sweets…all the opposite of what Jesus is about. Like a season of greed for MORE gifts, rather than gratitude for the greatest gift already given.

Recall Mary’s song when she learns she will bear Jesus: God has brought down rulers from their thrones, but has exalted the humble. The Lord has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty. (Luke 1:52-53)

Global Women’s Project offers the Advent Calendar, written by Anna Lisa Gross with artwork by Jessie Long, to nurture gratitude (rather than greed) within the midst of Advent. This calendar is filled with scripture, prayer prompts, activities and taxes, along with a color-by-day Christmas image. Download and print the calendar; it’s free to use and share (we hope you will donate your taxes to GWP).

Advent comes on slightly different dates each year; this calendar is for December 1-25 so you can use it in any year. You can use the calendar in personal prayer time, with your family around the dinner table, in a Sunday school class or small group with weekly check-ins, or as a congregation.

Download the Advent Calendar

How to share the calendar

  • Lead Sunday school or other activity time that could be inter-generational or happen simultaneously in multiple classes. Download a game and Group session handout!

  • Themed potluck: recipes from Extending the Table, More with Less, Simply in Season, etc OR “simple” foods OR “global” foods OR “Christmas” foods

  • Post on bulletin board in church with donation box

  • Send out daily prompt by email/facebook

  • Discuss weekly in Sunday school and/or worship to share insights from previous week

  • Share in Advent morning devotionals or Bible studies

  • Invite your family to give the Advent calendar as a gift to one another, rather than buying presents.

  • What ideas do you have? Let us know!

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