With Halloween now behind us, all attention must turn to Christmas, and its attendant traditions: carols, decorations, the Santa Claus parade. That is the premise behind the Short Story Advent Calendar, the brainchild of writer Michael Hingston and designer Natalie Olsen.
Hingston says he approached publishers with his idea, but though they liked the premise, they were reluctant to sign on because they felt that the project would be too complicated and costly. Challenge or nightmare, Olsen signed on, attracted in part, according to Hingston, by the freedom the project offered. Commissioning the stories involved contacting everyone Hingston could think of and asking them if they had anything – unpublished work, B-sides that didn’t make it into a collection, or oddities that they might want to have included in the calendar. Though Hingston and Olsen worked pro bono, they were adamant that the featured authors get paid for their contributions. Hingston and Olsen, who fronted all expenses for the calendar out of their own pockets, contracted with Altona, Manitoba, printer Friesens to design the physical product. Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, most commonly observed on the 25th of December as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Then read the scripture passages, which come from the Anglican Daily Office Lectionary appointed readings.
We hope this daily pattern of prayer, scripture, and reflection is an encouragement to you as we wait together with patience, faith, hope and love, for our coming Savior. 1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Ginny (my 3-year-old daughter) has discovered Build-a-Bear, the mall chain that lets kids build their own custom stuffed animals right there in the store, and boy is she excited about it! This website uses cookies to ensure proper functionality of the shopping cart and checkout progress. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website.


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Last year, Hingston, books columnist for the Edmonton Journal and author of the debut novel The Dilettantes, was commissioned to write a story for The Globe and Mail about beer Advent calendars, one of a series of niche calendars offering something other than chocolate to their owners – in this case, craft beer.
The idea is a simple variation on the beer and chocolate calendars: each day in December, the owner of the calendar will be able to avail himself or herself of a new, never-before-published short story by a different author.


We’re sending out these daily devotionals so we can reflect on God’s Word together as a church family during the wonderful liturgical season of Advent.
It’s a pretty genius concept — kids using their own creativity to make their very own, unique stuffed-animal of their dreams.
It’s a time for us to be patient and trust that God is going to provide salvation for us in his time and in his way. We want to be saved by a powerful warrior, or a successful businessman, or a shrewd politician, or a mega-church pastor, or a self-help guru, or a mom who has all her stuff together – including lots of perfectly behaved children, a spotless home, an inspiring blog and a thriving photography business! You might experiment with breathing the words in and out as indicated to help you engage with the words. For those inexplicably unfamiliar with this last item, each day during the season of Advent, the owner of a calendar opens a small door and is rewarded with a piece of chocolate (something I personally have always found ironic for a season supposedly devoted to penance and self-denial, but whatever).
As with the beer calendar, Hingston will make available supplemental material online, including author interviews and discussions. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Turn away from your self- constructed savior-idol and turn toward the lowly, poor, humble God-Man riding into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David!
Turn again to Jesus, who on the cross conquered the whole world with humility, and saved us not by power but by dying. In the way of the ancient devotional masters you’re seeking descend with your mind into your heart, relying on the word of God to form your will to be more submitted to God and the new life he brings.



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