A 25-Day Christmas Countdown That Counts

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If you’re looking for more than a candy countdown this Christmas, you might like my new eBooklet, More Than Candy – a 25-Day Christmas Countdown that Counts. It’s 25 days of things to do with your family that matter to your neighbors, your local community, your family, and those in need.

I began creating Christmas countdowns years ago after being exposed to them during college. Every year our church would hand out an advent calendar that had scriptures and actionable steps to take to make a difference in the community and in our own hearts. I loved it and I ended up continuing the tradition when I moved away from that church.

What you will find in More Than Candy is our family’s Christmas countdown (it is not an advent devotional). I start with an overview of the days, and I then add more detail and/or ideas to accompany each day’s opportunity.

This year, don’t just let the days go by in a flurry, missing an opportunity to serve. Make the days count. I’ll be counting right along with you.

“Jesus stands at the door knocking (Rev. 3:20). In total reality, he comes in the form of the beggar, of the dissoute human child in ragged clothes, asking for help. He confronts you in every person that you meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbor, as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you, makes demands on you. That is the great seriousness and great blessedness of the Advent message. Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us. Do you want to close the door or open it?”

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God is in the Manger

More Than Candy will be available for purchase as a PDF and on Kindle mid-November, 2013

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  • http://twitter.com/itchyfingersjpj Jessica Jensen

    So… you’re going to post again right away right? ;)

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Ha! I need to, right????

  • http://adiligentheart.com/ Marlene

    Fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686442200 Kristine McGuire

    Lovely! I’m looking forward to it. :D

  • http://www.whimsywords.blogspot.com/ Julie Wilson

    So many great advent options… I don’t suppose there is any way I can do them all, is there? I can’t wait to look this one over and I plan to add it to my Advent options post I’m working on tonight!

    • Ingrid

      Do you mind sharing some of your Advent options? Thanks
      Ingrid

  • Heather

    The link in my email won’t work. Am I doing something wrong? I’m looking forward to checking this out – thank you!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Just email me, I’m so sorry it didn’t work!

  • Sheila

    the link in my email does not work. Really wanted to see this one!!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      So sorry, please email me at sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com and I’ll get it to you right away!

  • Lynda

    it did not work ……the download of the COUNTING

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      I have a new link coming your way around 9am!

  • Okaasan

    The link didn’t work for me. :- That’s very nice of you, though! I’ve been looking up new ways to celebrate advent.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Keep an eye on your inbox around 9am!

  • http://twitter.com/JaneofAustralia Jane

    sorry but the link is not working for me, and I really want it to. Suggestions?

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      You’ll get the working link around 9am, so sorry!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maracuchoyedurne Edurne Mencia

    Hi! the link at the bottom of the email I got this morning is not working… any suggestions? =)

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      So sorry about that! I’m sending out a working link today at 9am!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shanna.crum Shanna Crum

    Hey Sarah Mae, I am a mommy of three little boys (5, 2, and 6 months old). We don’t live too far from each other. We should get together sometime! Thanks for all your open, honest and encouraging posts. Love it all :)

  • Gail

    Thanks for thebook. The daily activity ideas were fresh, Biblically based, andnot just for families with small children. Those families, like mine, with no kids at home still want to have fun actvities and enjoy starting new traditions

  • Lara

    I don’t seem to be able to get the book and I was so looking forward to it. I just end up on this page. I also haven’t gotten an updated email with a new link? I am a new subscriber (a few days ago) but I did get one email from you this morning.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Hi Lara, at the bottom of today’s post is the link for the eBooklet, but if you stil can’t get it just email me. :)

  • Wendi

    Hi, I just subscribed and would love to start this tomorrow. If you could please email this to me. I realize you are probably VERY busy, so just whenever you are able. Thanks so much

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      please email me and I will help you! :) sarahmaewrites (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Christina

    The link in my e-mail isn’t working for me either! Sounds like a great resource-THANK YOU!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      email me and I’ll help you out! :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/cheryl.a.long Cheryl Long

    I’m wondering if anyone else has been able to get the updated link to work??? Maybe it’s just me (?), but I haven’t been able to download the ebook.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      email me :)

  • kim

    i still cannot access. is there another way?

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      email me and I’ll send it to you :) sarahmaewrites (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Linda

    Hi! I have been trying for 2 days to try and download this book to my kindle……I am a subscriber and even tried to subscribe thinking I had to do that…nope. Please help!!! Thank you

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      It’s a PDF copy so I’m not sure how to download it to your Kindle, but if you email me I’ll help! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/denise.kennemer.5 Denise Kennemer

    The book looks great however I’m unable to get the link to work.

  • Jennie

    I would love your 25 day Christmas countdown ebook for next year. Can I still download it? I sent you an email with More Than Candy in the subject line.

  • Okaasan

    Hello! Is this available to download or purchase anymore?

  • http://selaandfamily.blogspot.com Sela Young

    Can I still get this? I have been coming up with my own activities for the last few years, but I’d really like to just follow someone else’s plan this year! Thanks!!!

  • Cindy

    I have tried again this morning and the link does not work for the ebook. Please help!