It is almost that time of year to buy an Advent Calendar.
Don’t know what that is? It’s a rectangular cardboard box with 24 perforated windows in it. Each day from Dec 1-24 you open one of these windows and inside is a treat or chocolate of some type.
As a kid, I loved these advent calendars, even though the chocolate tastes a lot like a wax candle (don’t ask me how I know what a candle tastes like…).
Our kids get an advent calendar each year as a symbol of the arrival of Jesus. That’s what advent means, arrival or coming. We prepare our hearts for the coming of the Saviour, Jesus into the world at Christmas.
This year at North Pointe we want to do something a little bit different. We want to do a reverse advent calendar.
What? Stick with me. It’s good, and it will likely help you lose weight rather than gain it on waxy chocolate!
- Get a medium-sized box. Decorate it, or just grab a sharpie marker and label it “Reverse Advent.” Put it where you can be reminded of it daily (like in the middle of your kitchen floor where you will stub your toe daily!)
- Every day, starting on December 1, put an item for the food bank into the box. This is the ‘reverse’ part of the advent calendar. Rather than making a withdrawal, you are making a deposit.
- For a list of items that the Edmonton Food Bank requires click here.
- Bring your items to North Pointe between December 22-24 (Sunday-Tuesday). If you need to drop off items earlier, we will take them when you can bring them! Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
- Know that you have made a tangible difference to a person or family in our city that needs some help.
Jesus came into this world to demonstrate his love for us. Let’s make sure to demonstrate his love to others this Christmas.