New Advent Links for 2008 #1

It may be a few more days before I can finish updating the full Advent Links & Resources compilation. But I wanted to post here some of the interesting new (or new to me) Advent resources I’ve been discovering in recent days as I’ve been searching the web. All of the links below will eventually get added into the 2008 version of our Advent Links post. Feel free to point me to other great resources!

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WOW!! You MUST check out this site. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! An Online Advent Calendar at “Teaching Mom”: This link is to the 2007 calendar. I really hope it’s updated for 2008 as it looks like an absolutely amazing and excellent resource. Here’s how the website describes what the Advent calendar includes:

Using Our Advent Calendar
Every day on the TeachingMOM Advent Calendar is full of goodies to help you and your family create some wonderful traditions this Advent and Christmas, as well as have some good old-fashioned fun! You’ll probably learn a few interesting facts about the season as well. We’ve collected some of the best on the net–and your public library!–for you all in one convenient spot. But don’t feel that you should be doing everything listed on each day!

The Advent Calendar was made to be used over again for as many years as you can get something out of it. So you probably won’t light the Advent candles, do a Jesse Tree AND make Chrismon ornaments all in the same year. And you may not have time for all of the “Advent Extras” I’ve thrown in! Don’t worry. The Advent Calendar will be here for years to come and I’ll update the links and make appropriate changes each year. So relax, choose some fun things to study and do, and enjoy! God bless you this Christmas. ~Leigh Ann

Each day has bible passages, a “Jesse Tree” verse, a Chrismon ornament pattern, links to devotionals or articles about Advent, and all sorts of “Advent Extras” — book recommendations, a hymn, an advent-themed artwork, recipes, a bit of Advent history or an explanation of an Advent tradition. There are many links for each day. I am REALLY excited by this site. It’s amazing how comprehensive it is. I can’t wait to dig deeper. This may well become my first Advent destination each day. One caution, even in just some brief exploration I found a lot of links here that have gone dead. However, don’t despair! Often the dead sites can be found via Google’s cache or the web archive site. So, if there’s a link that really interests you, see if you can access it by one of these “back door” methods. I might post a short tutorial about how to do this in the comments.

Here are just a few examples of some cool links I found by browsing around a few of the day’s in Teaching Mom’s Advent calendar. A bunch of the links below are from the Reformed Church in America’s Advent, Christmas and Epiphany webpage. See also their Advent Resources page. (Boy wouldn’t it be nice if we could find similar excellent Scripture-based resources on The Episcopal Church’s website. Sigh.)

Highly recommended! Daily Jesse Tree family devotions: A Scripture verse and symbol for each day of Advent. Updated for 2008. Excellent! Instructions for making a Jesse Tree and Jesse Tree ornament symbols & patterns

Potpourri of ideas for Advent & Christmas I really liked the idea of an Advent chain from this site, and am going to do a separate post on it.

Children’s bulletin inserts for Advent — these Black & White inserts are from 2006, so the dates would need to change, but these look fun…; I just discovered there are 2008 inserts available as well. These are in color.

Looking beyond Advent, here are some ideas for celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas

A site with all sorts of patterns for Chrismon ornaments (the site navigation is a bit awkward, click on the links at the top of the page, or follow the numbers on some of the sub-pages. Keep clicking around, there’s a lot of ornament patterns of different types here, it’s just not all that well organized).

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Here are some interesting Advent Calendar, Advent Wreath (and other Advent craft) ideas:

An Advent Calendar with matchboxes

An Advent Calendar with drawers, plus a Nativity Advent Wreath

A simple and elegant Advent wreath

Lots of other Advent / Christmas craft ideas

An Advent “clothesline” (you could put something other than candy in each clothespin — a verse or an Advent activity idea, etc. Note there is some offensive language in this blog entry, but the idea is cute.)

A LOT of these links came from this VERY COOL Advent blog: O Night Divine. Bookmark it! See especially this post on Preparing for Advent & Christmas. Highly Recommended

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More Baptists “get” Advent. It’s been intriguing to me to see how widespread the celebration of Advent is becoming, even in non-liturgical churches. My latest evidence, a blog entry on Advent resources posted by the Cooperative Baptist Foundation forum. One resource that caught my eye on that page was a brief powerpoint presentation with an overview of Advent — it might be a useful Sunday School resource.

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Ok, that’s it for tonight… stay tuned for more new links in the next few days. There is so much Advent stuff online, it takes a long time to sort through it all. But it’s a lot of fun!

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5 Responses to New Advent Links for 2008 #1

  1. Here are some tips in how to deal with “dead links” that you find on various Advent Resource pages (such as the “Teaching Moms.Com” Advent Calendar site I linked in this post.

    Here’s an example of a dead link. You click it and you get an error message:
    http://www.rca.org/worship/material/advent/jessetexts.html

    There are several options to try and find the lost / dead page.

    1. Google’s Cache
    2. The Web Archive site (aka “the Wayback Machine”
    3. Try to find the new home page

    Let’s look at all three of these options in turn.

    1. Google’s Cache — very simple, and often your fastest and easiest answer. Go to Google.
    http://google.com/

    In the search box type the word
    cache:

    And paste the dead link next to the word cache: (with no space in between)
    Thus:
    cache:http://www.rca.org/worship/material/advent/jessetexts.html

    But in this case, still no luck. Let’s try option 2.

    2. The Web Archive site:
    Here’s the link
    http://www.archive.org/index.php

    In the box at the top of the page in the center (where it says “the Wayback Machine”
    paste in the link you are trying to find (make sure you don’t have “http” included twice!) And then click on “take me back”

    You should end up at this page:
    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.rca.org/worship/material/advent/jessetexts.html

    Bingo. We’ve now got a list of archived copies of this website. Click on one of the dates. I often use the most recent unless I know I’m looking for something specific that appeared on a given date. So, if we click on Dec. 20th 2007, we see the page as it existed then.

    3) The final option, try going up a few levels to the home page or parent directory. In this case:
    http://www.rca.org/

    Then you can try to find out if the information you are looking for still exists, but perhaps it has a new link. You could search for Jesse Tree in the search box, which brings up a lot of possibilities:
    http://www.google.com/cse?cx=015928861542143908531:nwrpcgbinxq&sa=Search&cof=FORID:0&q=Jesse%20Tree

    Or, you could try to find the site by navigating various levels of the website. In this case, I clicked on worship, which took me to this page: (“worship” was included in the dead link, which is what gave me the idea to click there)
    http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?pid=1880

    and then I clicked on Seasonal Worship Resources
    http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?pid=4708

    and there I found Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Resources
    http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?pid=1600

    including a page with tons of links about Jesse Trees:
    http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?pid=1602

    Voila!

  2. […] New Advent Links for 2008 #1 (this includes a number of the links above, plus some others) […]

  3. […] Anglican Church of Canada & the Anglican Communion.”  It provides links to some wonderful Advent resources. It includes a link to Teaching Mom’s Advent calendar for 2007 which has another huge list of […]

  4. Kerry says:

    I would love to include a link to your blog in the Anglican Advent Carnival. If there is a particular post you’d like me to link to, let me know by Sunday, Nov 23rd. I’ll be putting the carnival together before I have to start cooking Thanksgiving dinner (LOL!) and will post it on Friday the 28th.

  5. […] Advent posts from 2004 – 2006 from our old blog Advent Resources Compilation (the link is fixed!) New links for 2008 #1; Advent Resources Category Advent Devotionals; Advent Prayers; Advent […]

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