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Counting to Christmas

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

This year Advent officially starts on 3 December, the fourth Sunday before Christmas, although many calendars and devotional will start from 1 December. It is a time to prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, and these online calendars will help you make space for reflection amidst all the busyness.


This year’s Advent theme is ‘Light the Night’, pointing to fresh hope and reassurance during a very dark time in our world. Daily prayer using the Lectio365 and Lectio for Families apps.


Every day until Christmas they’ll send you an opportunity to stand up against injustice in a simple way - anything from signing a petition on human rights to helping biodiversity in your local area.


This online Advent calendar of daily prayer and reflection will offer an opportunity to pause, reflect, pray and take action as you prepare for Christmas. 


Following a traditional Advent calendar format, the experience invites you to slow down this season and discover the quiet moments of Advent hope.



If you would prefer to keep things offline, here are a couple of suggestions which may help you mark the season with charity rather than chocolate.


Reverse Advent Calendar

Set aside an item of food each day, and then donate them to a local food bank or similar organisation.


Random Acts of Christmas Kindness

Commit to perform a simple act of kindness each day of Advent - choose your own acts of kindness or get ideas from friends.



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