Make an Advent blessings tree – a reminder about contentedness

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To encourage gratefulness instead of greed during the Christmas season, make an Advent blessings tree.

Purchase 25 clear, plastic, fill-able ornaments online or from a craft store. Each day in December, fill an ornament with a visual reminder of something that you are thankful for.

For example, if children are thankful for your pet dog, fill an ornament with tiny “doggy bone” biscuits made from modelling clay. If you are thankful for snow, fill a ball with shredded coconut to represent snowflakes. Other “stuffers” could be photos of special people, drawings or small toys.

As you fill the ornaments, take time to thank God for the blessings He has placed in your lives. Here are a few verses to add to the ornaments, or to read aloud to encourage thankfulness: 1 Chronicles 16:8; Psalm 34:8-9; Psalm 100:4; Psalm 107:1,8-9; Psalm 118:28-29; Colossians 3:15; Hebrews 12:28.

Alternative options: Instead of hanging your Advent blessings on a tree, display them in a festive basket or bowl, or hang them from ribbon over a window or along a fireplace mantel.