We love Christmas around here! I mean who doesn’t…..but I’d have to admit my favorite holiday as a kid was always Halloween, because —> CANDY!!! Ha! Always an addict! ;) But once I started realizing that Christmas held so many of my favorite memories and traditions, it quickly hopped into first place.
And now that we have 4 little kiddos, I really love sharing with them some of my favorite traditions, but also creating new ones. Yes, we celebrate Santa around here and love the magic that he spreads worldwide. But his secret identity won’t last forever (even though I hope his splendor always will)….and my kids are starting to figure out what’s really going on behind that guy in the red suit. But, something that we teach year round and then love celebrating at Christmas time……is the birth of Christ.
We have tried many different countdowns and stories and special Christmas bundles to help children learn of Christ…….but I didn’t really LOVE any of them. That’s when I was introduced to the 25 Days Of Christ countdown last year and you guys, it has been HANDS-DOWN, our very favorite Christ-centered tradition!
The creator of 25 Days of Christ is a mom named Kati who also has young children. She created a new tradition for her family because she was worried that her family was too focused on the commercial aspects of Christmas. So she researched 25 stories from the Savior’s life from the New Testament and created handmade ornaments to represent each one. Then each night in December, they place one ornament in a box and her family opens the gift, hangs the ornament, and reads the story from the scriptures that coincides with that ornament.
Kati had several friends who wanted to share the same traditions with their families and wanted Kati’s help but she admitted it was hard to find each and every piece for the ornaments. So, she started buying the ornament pieces in bulk and turned it into a family business a few years ago and provides kits at a very reasonable price so that others can easily start this tradition with their own family. And oh, how I love that she did!
And let me tell you, I received my kit last year and each piece is so perfectly thought out and is a great symbol for the story it belongs to. We would pull out a new ornament each night before bed and read the scripture and story included with it and the kids LOVED it! My kids would hurry and race to get jammies on and brush teeth, so they could be the person to hang the ornament on the tree!
The kit includes a booklet with a devotional for each night that includes a scripture, a story, a suggested quick video (that can be viewed online….which my kids LOVED)! Oh how I love that all the work has been done for me!! (And even if you decide the kit isn’t for you…..you can download and print off the contents of the 25 Days Of Christ booklet….for FREE!)
Each piece is made from wood and the quality is fantastic, something that will last for years. You can paint and customize it exactly how you’d like and keep it a surprise or let the kiddos get involved and help! Also, there’s a little red bag that you can place the ornament in for the night and let someone open and reveal the “gift” to be hung on the tree. It really makes every night so special!
Also, I love that the entire thing comes in a sturdy box with a closure that can used to store the ornaments from year to year.
Okay, so every year Kati sells out of her kits really fast (way before Christmas) and never has enough supplies for the demand of those who want it (I remember, I wanted one 2 years ago, but was too late!)….but this year, she tried to anticipate the demand and ordered some extras.
And I’m excited that she has allowed me to offer all of you readers a discount for an unfinished set…for 3 days only!!
You can order your own set HERE and use the code “Make10” for 10% off.
**This discount is good from November 14th-16th, at midnight PST.
**There is also an LDS version of the kit that includes both New Testament and Book of Mormon references, along with quotes by general authorities! A fantastic version that can be shipped to you as a booklet in your kit, or downloaded for free.
ONE MORE THING…….Kati has added a few more things to her site, to help with your tradition. These Advent Bags are something we’ve added to our set this year…….so that we can place each of our ornaments inside and then hang them on display. Then you can grab one bag at a time, take out the ornament, read the devotional for the day, and hang your daily ornament on the tree!
Or, something else you can add to your Christ-centered Christmas tradition (or even purchase as a set to give to a friend), are these unfinished wood engraved “This Is The Christ” Ornament Set.
They can be painted, stained, or left raw…..and then hung from a tree, added to a wreath, or my favorite display —— hung from clothespins inside a frame!
And yes, both the Advent Bags and the “This Is The Christ” Ornament Set are also 10% off from November 14th-16th (using “MAKE10” at checkout)! So hurry on over and grab a few things to help make your Christmas a little more meaningful this year!
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If I had unlimited funds for Christmas, I would send this 25 Days of Christ kit to each and every person I know, because I really feel that strongly about it! However, I don’t have the cash for that. Darn. But I do think I’ll skip on some of the traditional kitchen gadgets, warm slippers, and winter scarves to some of the family members on my list — and will send this out instead!
What a beautiful way to start off our December, with a focus on the birth of Christ, his childhood, ministry, miracles, atonement, death on the cross, and resurrection…….all of which is what matters most during the holiday season!
I hope those of you who get your own kit will enjoy it as much as we have! :)