We didn't do an Advent calendar this year. I don't know why, I just didn't get out our muffin tin one, or buy one. The kids didn't even seem to notice. Just because we aren't doing an Advent calendar, doesn't mean we aren't doing something daily to celebrate Christmas. We have been watching the videos from the 12 Days of Social as well as other church videos and music videos about the birth of Jesus. Videos seem to be a great way to capture my kids attention. And if they are watching and listening to something, that means they aren't pestering each other and it makes for a more pleasant evening all around.
Speaking of videos, the church has put out 25 Christmas GIFs. GIFs are a type of animated file format. These GIFs are dedicated to celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Download and share these animated GIFs with those you love this Christmas season.
If I were a little more on top of things, I would have used these GIFs as an animated Advent calendar. As it was, we ended up watching them all in one night. It was a fun way to tell the story of Jesus's birth. I have gathered them all together for you to watch and share. Enjoy!
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of
Galilee, named ,
to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and
the virgin’s name was Mary. Nazareth
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream.
When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb.
There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee...unto the city of
is called …to
be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. Bethlehem
There was no room for them in the inn.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them.
She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
The shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto
and see this thing which is come to pass. Bethlehem
There came wise men from the east to
And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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