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Bible Society spreading Christmas cheer with Advent Challenge

by Tola Mbakwe

Those who sign up at will be sent three challenges each day and asked to pick one.

The charity said the challenges are simple, practical and Bible-based. It includes donating to your local foodbank, leaving a Christmas card out for the refuse collector, or just giving someone a smile.

This the fourth time the charity has held the challenge. Last year more than 100,000 challenges were accepted online.

2016 Advent Challenge statistics

Someone who participated last year said: "I hand delivered a Christmas card to a neighbour two-doors down.

"I have lived in my house for 15 years and have barely spoken to them. I had a card straight back. We now talk."

The daily Bible verses sent with the challenges follow the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.

Another person said: "I loved it... being able to think about how you can do things for others so it became a habit.

"Some of the passages were also very challenging personally and one of them along with the challenge helped me be free from some feelings that I had been harbouring and it felt so good."

Richard Franklin from Bible Society said: "We hope that as many people as possible will sign up to #AdventChallenge and do some really simple and practical things to spread some love, peace and joy this Christmas."

To cater to families with children, each day there is a craft activity for building a nativity scene.

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