After some search I found an awesome 25 Days of Christ countdown that takes you through Christ's birth and life. Perfect! The only thing was, I am just too cheap to buy it! (That and let's be honest, grad students really don't make all that much.) So more research!
Next I came across Housewife Eclectic who had put together her own ornaments with the scriptures from the 25 Days of Christ countdown, and I loved what she had done! You can check her version out HERE. In fact, I would recommend downloading her printable with a list of the scriptures and an ornament idea for each of the 25 days! I'm not even going to try to recreate it because I like what she did so much!
But here are the first 7 days of my version of the 25 Days of Christ - Countdown to Christmas!
My Tree: only about 18 inches tall, I think I bought it for $1 as a freshman in college!
Day 1: The Birth of Christ - Star
I used several small sticks about 4in long and hot glued them together where they intersect. Once the glue had cooled I wrapped jute around the corners for extra strength and to hide the hot glue! Then I put a spiral of wire on the bottom of the star to attach it to the tree.
Day 2: Announcement to the Shepherds - Shepherd's Crook
One pipe cleaner, 9 red beads, 9 green beads.
Day 3: Three Wise Men - 3 Crowns
Housewife Eclectic did three crowns her first year, but on her printable, now uses three clothespin dolls. I liked the crowns so I cut three crowns out of a toilet paper roll and painted them yellow!
Day 4: Boy Jesus in the Temple - Mini Scriptures
White paper on the inside, black construction paper outside, one staple in the middle. Done! I also wrote the reference for Day 4 on the inside.
Day 5: Baptism of Jesus - Dove
There is a dove pattern in the printable, but I liked this one better. I just cut out the dove, used the blanket stitch to attach the wing and around the edge. Black paint for the eye.
Day 6: Fishers of Men - Fishy!
I used the pattern in the printable for the fish and the blanket stitch again to finish it off! White and black paint for the eye.
Day 7: Sermon on the Mount - Candle
All this candle is made of, is a clothes pin, red felt and yellow felt. So handy, it just clips right on the branch!