How We Count Down To Christmas

This year we are celebrating the Christmas season in Peru as we did last year. In our family, we like to end each night with something to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
A fun and easy way to count down to Christmas is with a paper scripture advent chain. Each alternating red or green link has a scripture verse on it that is either about the birth of Christ or His purpose as our Savior and Redeemer.

Scripture verses I chose for this year's advent chain- 1 Nephi 10:4; 2 Nephi 19:6; 3 Nephi 1:19; Helaman 14:3-4; Helaman 14:5; Alma 7:10; Ether 3:14; Moses 5:57; D&C 3:1-3; D&C 45:71; D&C 76:41; Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Psalms 89:27; Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:4; Matthew 1:23; Matthew 2:1-2; Luke 1:31; Luke 2:4-5; Luke 2:11; Luke 2:15-16; Luke 18:15-17; John 14:6

These verses can be searched from HERE.

We also like to read a Christmas story together each night leading up to Christmas. We choose meaningful stories such as, O. Henry's, The Gift of the Magi, which you can google and find online. Other stories may come from Church magazines, which can be found HERE. Young children will enjoy stories from the December issues of the Friend magazine. You can find those HERE.

I like the idea of gathering Christmas stories in actual books and wrapping them, putting them under the tree and opening one to read each night. I like the idea, but we have never done this because we don't have 24 actual Christmas books. Most of our Christmas stories are in a homemade binder called, The 24 Days of Christmas, which is a lot more economical. But we do have a growing collection of books and here are some of our favorites that I can recall off the top of my head, given that they are not actually here in Peru, but back in Utah:

The Christmas Train by Thomas S. Monson
Good King Wenceslas retold by Jane Seymour
Christmas Oranges by Linda Bethers
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Does your family have a daily tradition to count down to Christmas?

Happy Christmas Season!

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