However, it means I picked up a great bargain on a wooden advent calendar-drawer thingy and if we go double pace we might be there by Christmas.
But now as I'm sitting down to think about dividing up the bible verses into 25 parts to tell the Christmas story, I've got the same question I had last year.
Most of what is in the traditional nativity scene happens AFTER the birth. The shepherds and the magi come to the stable AFTER he is born.
What do I do about that? How do you not tell most of the story until AFTER Christmas. How do you stretch half the story out for 24 days and then do the other half in one morning? How is it that all the other characters appear on the scene and are waiting for baby Jesus to arrive on Christmas morning, when actually, in the story, they haven't turned up yet, and might not turn up for a week or so. It isn't in proportion!
I know the Jesse Tree has a great answer to this, by looking at the OT as well in the days before Christmas.
But what other solutions have people come up with to this dilemma?