Advent Resources

Let’s put together our yearly list of Advent resources!

(Btw, I oddly can’t seem to add pictures to my blog. I mean to fix it, but I haven’t had time to yet. Sorry if you miss ’em.)

Most of these Advent resources are for purchase rather than free. <Shrug> They can also be for ideas. ūüôā They are in no particular order.

Advent Devotions

Jesse Tree Themed Options

  • A Lutheran deaconess published¬†¬†The Jesse Tree: Devotions for the Season of Advent¬†in 2017. It’s only 28-pages so it isn’t some big time commitment.
  • CPH has a who kit & caboodle, Jesse Tree: Family Activity Kit, including an adult devotional, a kid’s picture book, 26 ornaments to make, a tree stand & instructions. Looks priced well and there’s a video to show how it all comes together. ūüôā Though I’ve heard it can be a two person job getting the tree together.

Advent Wreath Options

Here’s something cool! An Advent Wreath Pattern (PDF)! And here is a magnetic Advent wreath for children. ūüôā Both from a Lutheran source.

Cards & Customs

I’ve been impressed by Lutheran company Pure Joy Creative. They have cards, Advent calendars, etc. I’ll link to their Advent/Christmas stuff here. Plus, of course, Ad Crucem & Emmanuel Press.

Gift Ideas

  • CPH has put together “The Essential Christmas Library for Families,” and I do have to say that I’ve really liked several of those books, including¬†Sacred Songs of Christmas.¬†It used to come with a CD although I’m not sure that it still does. (NEAT! It comes with a free download of the 19 songs!) (This also includes the¬†Counting to Christmas.)
  • Art work, folks! I know you’re probably seeing encouragement to buy local. That’s certainly great, but let’s support our artistic community also.
    • Edward Riojas. I think I even heard his Madonna and Child may be on a Christmas sale.
    • Agnus Dei Liturgical Art. Kelly has also started an Etsy shop, so here’s a link to that also.
    • Ad Crucem! This is also great for ornaments, Christian tree topper, and so many, many other things!
    • I’ve only very recently found out about this one! A Lutheran pastor/artist with tendencies toward iconic style! T & J Church Arts
    • I’m sure there are many more. Check out this page for Lutheran Etsy shops and more.
  • ALSO! New book just available from Australian Lutheran Jake Zabel:¬†Choirs of Angels.¬†Interesting! I haven’t seen it yet but it seems well timed and a very interesting topic.
  • Sure, I’ll include the CPH 2020 Christmas Gift Guide, too, and I’ve heard their “Black Friday”/ Christmas sale prices start today. Yay!

Books. We May As Well List Books!

AWESOME!! What have I forgotten? Feel free to add more to the comments below.

I aspire to catch up on some reviews from when my computer wasn’t working. Other than that, I’d like to post festive suggestions for what to do to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Ideas you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them! Likewise, if there are great books by Lutheran authors, you be sure to bring them to my attention.

Thanks! Happy reading & writing!

 

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