Our Advent Calendar “Snowballs”

Because it’s the first day of December, it’s also the first day of a special tradition in our house. When my husband was a little boy, his mom made “snowballs” out of white construction paper, numbered them 1-25, and wrote a Bible verse per day on the backs.  She used Luke 2 (the Christmas story) for numbers 1-20 and then used other gospel verses for days 21-25. (I have Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8, John 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, and II Cor. 9:15 on mine.) Dan’s mom taped the snowballs on the cabinet doors in the kitchen. Every day the family would recite the verses, adding a verse each day, and by Christmas day, my husband and his brother had the Christmas story memorized. Each year his mom pulled out the snowballs, taped them again on the cabinet doors, and the family looked forward to reciting the Christmas story together.

We brought this tradition into our family too. This is the third year of using our “snowballs.” (We still call them snowballs, even though mine are shaped like ornaments. Also, rather than writing the verses on the backs, I made mine so they open. I put magnets on the backs of mine and stick them on the metal door that leads from the kitchen to the garage.) The first year we used our snowballs, my 4-year-old daughter delighted her grandparents by reciting Luke 2:1-20 to them over the phone. Their little tradition of getting God’s Word into their kids’ hearts had trickled down to the next generation.

Deuteronomy 6:6-10 “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. “

Psalm 145:4 “One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.”

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  1. Your story softens an often irritated heart, and brings back hope and encouragement to me. It was such a little thing, it seemed. Just a Christmas Countdown, but little did I know, and little do we ever know. Thank you for blessing my heart today. I love you.

  2. What a lovely Advent Calendar idea! I’m always looking for ideas as we haven’t made one yet, and this one looks like a winner! No sewing, easily stored away, fun, and hits the nail on the head perfectly! Thank you!


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