Join us as we count down to Christmas Day through the season of Advent. Drawing from traditions of Advent Calendars with cardboard opening doors, we present a short daily dose of inspiration delivered direct to your email inbox each morning.
RHYMES, RHYTHMS AND RITUALS 2021
As our world continues to experience the disruption and challenges of the COVID pandemic our usual Christmas routines are yet again uncertain. Gathering with family and friends may not be possible this Christmas. For 2021 our resource picks up a theme of rhythms, rhymes and rituals. The flavour is to offer soothing and comforting inspiration for these troubled times. We will turn to the traditional Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love as we progress through the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day.
The daily emails written by Caroline Bindon are based on a thoughtfully curated playlist for Advent, available to listen to on Spotify or You Tube music. Song choices include a blend of contemporary and traditional, well-known and some you may never have heard before. Each daily email will draw from the rhythms and rhymes of one of the Christmas songs or carols on the playlist. A link to the song will be provided each day along with a short reflection, a little bit of interesting info about the song choice and an idea for an experiential ritual to carry out in your own time and space.
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Emails begin at 5am(NZT) on Saturday 27 November 2021, and will arrive at the same time every day throughout Advent, ending with a final email on Christmas Eve.
LIGHTING ADVENT CANDLES
Counting Down to Christmas covers the season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas). Each of the four weeks follow the traditional Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, Love. Additional content in the form of a PDF download is included for those wanting to light candles on Advent wreath on each of the four Sundays.
ADVENT BIBLE READING PLAN
A curated Bible Reading Plan will be provided with either weekly or daily readings covering the words of the Prophets and the Christmas story as recorded in the gospels. This will also be in the format of a PDF download and is included for free.
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
INCLUDED FREE to Counting Down to Christmas subscribers and included as part of your subscription is our new resource, '12 Days of Christmas'. This will also be in the format of a PDF download and covers the period from Christmas Day on 25 December 2021 to Epiphany on 6 January 2022. Included will be an outline for a Christmas Day worship experience to hold in your own home as well as daily reflections for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Each day will also include a Christmas carol or Christmas song to listen to or sing along with during the season of Christmas.
Twelve Days of Christmas can be purchased separately to Counting Down to Christmas) See our Twelve Days of Christmas page.
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