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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

40 Days of Christmas Craft


Each year, we begin decorating our home on November 15, as we begin the 40 day fast for Christmas. It's beneficial for all to begin seeing the transformation around us and within us. 
Here are the 40 days in icons. We're aiming to cut them out, and create an ornament for each day until Christmas. If you follow the old calendar, I can post January as well.


Enhance this activity by chanting the troparion for each day, or paste a short story from the Saints' life on the backside of each ornament.

At this link, many Orthodox ornaments are sold, and you can get a few ideas: http://www.easterngiftshop.com/Category/CO

Paste each icon in the center of a star or snowflake if you wish!  gold star

After you're finished, that's forty ornaments! Plenty to fill a tree!



5 comments:

MrsDiGiacomo said...

This is a beautiful idea! Where did you find the small versions of all the icons on one page?

Orthodox Education - Elenie (Poulos) Grasos said...

They are from an icon calendar published here:

http://www.saiti.gr/index.php?cPath=29&language=en&sess=2e122ccba204702097abb4bf3cac4647

We've enjoyed them because they look like the Synaxarion icons, with all the Saints together on one page!!


Sarah said...

Are they the saints for each day? If I looked up an English calendar will I be able to work out who they are?

Orthodox Education - Elenie (Poulos) Grasos said...

Yes Sarah, the Saints would be included in any new calendar Orthodox Synaxarion (collection of daily Saints commemorated) I enjoy this good online webpage as it combines many into one resource: www.abbamoses.com

Of course, an old calendar Orthodox would celebrate just two weeks afterward.

Orthodox Education - Elenie (Poulos) Grasos said...

If you aren't sure about a day, I'll try to help! Just email me at eleniemarie@gmail.com

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