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December 27, 2013

Getting Things Done: Advent Calendar

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I wrote recently on GTD & The New Age Movement and how Christians can baptize GTD for their use in leading productive and holy lives. Here is a good opportunity for those Christians who celebrate the liturgical season of Advent to do just that.

We have a new Advent calendar in our house this year. It is a five-foot-tall fabric angel with twenty-five numbered pockets sewn on the front of her dress (Pottery Barn Kids). Instead of loading the pockets up with treats or toys, we printed a set of Jesse Tree ornaments and mounted each one on a square of red cardstock. With a quarter-inch red border, these ornaments fit perfectly in the pockets. The printable includes a page with a table that names the picture on each ornament as well as chapter-and-verse references to related Bible passages. The table was sliced into strips and distributed with the ornaments into the pockets. Each day, just before dinner, the ornament and Bible reference were drawn from the pocket and after reading and discussing the Scripture, the ornament was hung on the barren branch of the Jesse Tree.

Yes, the Advent calendar itself served as a reminder to read the Scriptures daily, but it wasn’t the white strips of paper that prompted me to write this post. It was the little strips of green paper that bore certain reminders like “Trim the tree today” and “Start baking cookies”. My wife had turned our Advent calendar into a holiday tickler file! Maybe my enthusiasm for GTD is finally rubbing off on her.

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