The Greatest Christmas

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Come experience a Christmas like never before —
Come experience a Christmas like you’ve always dreamed of…

So come Christmas morning, you haven’t missed Him.
So come Christmas morning — you’ve unwrapped the greatest gift you’ve always yearned for —
more of Him.

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Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

 

Weary mamas? Wound-up kids? This December? Could be The Greatest Christmas! This is the relief you’ve always wanted for your Christmas.

Open this book & your Christmas will begin where you never expected — and it will end where you only dreamed. 

A book that is like your own larger-than-life Advent Calendar, opening up to 25 wondrous stories that tell the family tree of Jesus, from Creation to His Coming.  

Because if we want our Christmas tree to really stand full of wonder & real meaning? The tree we need to understand & be astonished by —-  is the wonder of the family tree of Jesus! Because this is your family’s real family tree, your real story.

Each day’s story has its very own ornament, one for each day of Advent — all unwrapping a bit more of a story that’s far better than the greatest fairy tale you’ve ever read —- because this story is all true.  So come Christmas day — your kids, and your Christmas tree with all 25 ornaments, will be telling the full love story of  Jesus’ coming, right from the very beginning!

Full colour, vibrant 2 page spreads. Romping, shimmering words —  for every kid from ages 4- 94.

Known through the ages as the Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree, named after Jesus’ ancestor, Jesse, the father of King David, this is one Christmas experience your family will never forget — that they will be passing down from your Christmases to their Christmases — because this is the gift we all want. 

What better gift to give the whole family this Christmas  — than the wonder of the full love story of Jesus

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NYT Bestseller & Named by Christian Retailer’s Association as  Best Devotional of the Year for 2014 

The Greatest Gift

Because in the midst of this season — you need Christmas for you too. 

Because you’re tired of asking — Where did the wonder go?

Because this year, you’re desperate to hush the hurry & find the holy. To feel the reason to rejoice! 

Because you don’t want to wake up Christmas morning — and feel like you somehow missed Him.

Come. This year will be different.  Open these pages — this is Christmas for you.
25 fresh readings that begin right from an unexpected beginning & usher you into the most epic story ever told– unlike it’s ever been told. F
rom Creation to Christmas, an unveiling of Christ’s majestic family tree that not only gives ultimate meaning & awe to your Christmas tree, but powerfully transforms your own life story — an unwrapping of the complete Love Story of Christmas

Each page’s like a needed embrace during the racing pace of the season.

And with 25 free ornaments to download & hang on a tree so that your Christmas tells the whole love story of the Gospel, so that you touch & hold & hang & actually enter in & experience the awe of Christmas again like you did as a child. 

A book for your Christmas — to change your new year —to gently, powerfully, change you. That’s a gift you want — & He wants for you. 

A brand-new take on the age old Jesse Tree Advent tradition for adults – to give to adults, to give the greatest gift this Christmas.

Because every adult desperately needs the wonder of Christmas again — and the miracle of real change. 

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Why Bring Home The Greatest Gift this Christmas

The Nester
The Nester author of the Nesting Place
“I sat in an idle, hot car for 15 minutes in 90 degrees heat for carpool while reading this — and literally had chills.

To walk through Advent with Ann Voskamp is to read The Greatest Story Ever Told written in the words of one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

I read and understood with a fresh perspective.
The Greatest Gift is the most meaningful gift you’ll buy all year. ”
Max Lucado
Max Lucado pastor, Oak Hills Church and best-selling author of You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
“Ann Voskamp on Christmas is Monet on sunsets — made for each other.”
Patsy Clairmont
Patsy Clairmont author of bestsellers including Stained Glass Hearts
“Breathtaking. Stunning. The Greatest Gift — a gift for life.”
Anita Renfroe
Anita Renfroe author of Purse-onality and comedian composer of “I am the Mom — to the William Tell Overture”
“Every year, we, the adults, The Keepers of Christmas, wonder, “Where did the wonder go?”

Into our wonder-dearth comes Ann Voskamp, sweeping into our jaded hearts with her observant heart, engaging pen and her way of opening our hearts to the truth and beauty hidden in plain sight.

Hello, Christmas. Hello, wonder.“
Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman author of Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live
“Ann Voskamp shows up with a secret gift for all of us: words that somehow sing, pause, and lift the soul. I simply can’t wait to spend December with The Greatest Gift.“
Liz Curtis Higgs
Liz Curtis Higgs best-selling author of A Wreath of Snow and The Pine Tree Parable
“The Greatest Gift isn’t simply words on a page; it’s a song your heart already loves: a song about Jesus from beginning to end… A glorious way to celebrate the season!“
Christine Caine
Christine Caine founder of the A21 Campaign, and author of Undaunted
“No-one unveils Jesus like Ann Voskamp.

Journeying through The Greatest Gift will fill you with wonder, awe & gratitude. Emmanuel, God with us.”
Priscilla Shirer
Priscilla Shirer best-selling author of Gideon: Your Weakness. God’s Strength.
“Leave it to Ann Voskamp to powerfully and poetically call our hearts to respond to the real meaning of Christmas. Her pen crafts a beautiful masterpiece that slows us down only long enough to lift us up to see Him more clearly.

Thank you, Ann. You’ve done it again.“
Holly Gerth
Holly Gerth best-selling author of You’re Already Amazing
“Ann Voskamp taught our hearts to say thank you for gifts in an entirely new way and now she’s taking us on another intimate journey: Beautiful words, deep faith, and true worship make this book a wonder…”

The Greatest Gift DVD Experience

On the farm. At the woods. In the barn. By the manger.

4 weeks of Advent: 4 holy sessions. 

Come away from the whirl.

Come into the candle light. Into the snow falling.
Into the quiet of the barn & the depths of His Love.
Sit in the straw, in a circle of flickering candles, and feel the illuminating awe of God’s Word through the unfurling of the greatest love story ever told — Christmas’s full love story, right from the beginning of  His-Story, like you’ve never quite heard it told before.

Come — experience the one gift you want most this Christmas — more of Him.

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The Greatest Gift Ornaments

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In addition to the 25 free printable ornaments that coordinate with the daily readings in The Greatest Gift (adult edition) and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (Family Read Aloud Edition), DaySpring has beautifully created Jesse Tree Ornament Sets, in either embossed, pearlized card stock or as a sculpted heirloom set, as a powerful & memorable way to celebrate the lineage & majesty of God’s greatest gift to us—His Son, Jesus Christ—through the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree. 

Each ornament is designed specifically to help unwrap the full love story of Christmas, and is a treasured reminder that it is Christ and Christ alone who endows Christmas with meaning.

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Free Tools to help make this The Greatest Christmas

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Jesse Tree Coloring Pages  Free Kid’s Jesse Tree Ornaments [4 x 4]  Free Kid’s Jesse Tree Ornaments [2.5 x 2.5] Free Greatest Gift Ornaments

Coloring Ornaments: 4 per page

Coloring Ornaments: 6 per page

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Sticky Notes for the Soul 4×4

Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt

Night Before Advent Hot Chocolate Party

25 Advent Envelopes (black)

No-Stress Christmas Swap Party

How to have a Sane, Sacred, and Simplified Christmas

How to Have a Sane, Sacred, and Simplified Christmas

How to Have a Sane, Sacred, and Simplified Christmas

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The Gift Of Christmas Tour

 

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… how about an evening that’s like a gift for your soul?

where you get to really feel the wonder of CHRISTmas again?

Think candles.

Think music that sounds like the voice of an angel: with 2014 Dove Award Winner for Best New Artist of the Year, Ellie Holcomb

Think gloriously, powerful moving words: internationally renowned spoken word poet, Amena Brown . (I could not love these women more.)

Think some farm girls and one unforgettable Christmas evening that’s the essence of Christmas – where you get to feel the wonder of CHRISTmas again

Think an evening lit with the warming gift you want most: Jesus.

You and me,  Let’s exhale relief this Christmas — and inhale more Jesus:

Join us for a Night Of Christmas Wonder

Thursday Dec. 4th / 7:30pm
Houston, Tx
Ecclessia Church
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Friday Dec. 5th / 7:00pm
Lubbock, Tx
Trinity Church
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Saturday Dec. 6th / 6:30pm
Tulsa, Ok
Memorial Drive Church of Christ
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Sunday Dec. 7th / 6:30pm
Atlanta, Ga
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
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Friday Dec. 12th / 7:00pm
Knoxville, Tn
First Baptist Concord
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Saturday Dec. 13th / 7:00pm
Nashville, Tn
Christ Presbyterian Church
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Christmas on the Farm

 
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Ann Voskamp is a farmer’s wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times sixty-week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, her latest release, the New York Times Bestseller, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas , and the family read aloud, Unwrapping The Greatest Gift, celebrate the lineage & majesty of God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ, & retrace the epic pageantry of mankind, from Adam to the Messiah, with each day’s of Advent’s reading pointing to the coming promise of Christ.  Recapture a sane and sacred Christmas — so you don’t wake up Christmas morning, feeling like you missed Jesus.  

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Liz Curtis Higgs is a Women of Faith speaker and the author of more than 30 books with 4.5 million copies in print, including her best selling nonfiction book, Bad Girls of the Bible. Her latest release, The Women of Christmas, is a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book. Verse by verse, Liz unpacks the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Heirloom Wooden Advent Wreaths

Heirloom Wooden Advent Wreaths

Our family’s little creative tradition: a one-of-a-kind, 24-hole heirloom wooden Advent wreath.

Because the story goes that the world’s first Advent wreath was created by a Protestant pastor in Germany, Johann Wichern,  who was pioneering an urban mission among poor children who kept waking every morning of December, asking eagerly if it was Christmas yet? So Johann Wichern took an old wooden cartwheel, and drilled 24 holes around the wheel, for 20 small candles and 4 large candles.

Each day of Advent, the children gathered round to watch the lighting of one of the small candles. And every Sunday of Advent, Mr. Wichern lit one of the wooden wreath’s  large candles. And so the tradition of the 24-hole advent wreath began & grew —

Into our tradition of a similar 24-hole wreath — with the addition of a wooden silhouette of Mary on a donkey. Each day we, we light the next candle in the 24-hole wreath, move Mary on a donkey figurine further around the circle & closer to Christmas — and read that day’s epic story from either adult’s The Greatest Gift, or the family edition, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift.   

A simple & memorable family tradition to focus powerfully, beautifully, on Jesus… (that also extends into a 40 hole Easter wreath with a silhouette of Jesus carrying the Cross.)

Begin Your Own Family Tradition of a 24-hole Advent Wreath? 
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