Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Wrap-Up


We added a new Advent tradition to our Christmas celebration this year. Before we decorated the tree, Bethany wanted us to leave 25 ornaments off and add one each day until Christmas. There should be a star at the top on Christmas, she thought. It reminded me of something a friend had told me about called the Jesse Tree.


The Jesse Tree tells the story of redemption from the creation to the birth of Christ, demonstrating God's covenant relationship with Israel, his faithfulness to the covenant, and Israel's unfaithfulness and need of a Savior.

We found several great resources online, including a daily devotional and ornament patterns. There appeared to be some variations, but we used what worked for us. Our ornaments were very simple color, cut and paste, but there are some beautiful patterns for more elaborate ones. The devotional was fairly brief, and on days when the Bible reading was familiar, we let the kids choose whether to read it or to tell the story themselves. Each day included a discussion question that related the lesson to our own lives. Perfect for our kids' ages. Of course, there were a number of days we had to catch up for a missed day or two. Christmas time is like that. We are flexible!

Just in case you need something to stash away for next year, the links are here. And yes. There is a star at the top.


StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful tradition to begin in your family - I love that idea! blessings, marlene

Janean said...

We've really enjoyed doing it with our kids the last 2 years. We've used 2 different resources - both were nice. They both look different from the one you have, although the idea is the same. Our kids are way to young and rarely listen or even get what they're coloring, but I figure something gets in their little hearts! Ben actually does memorize the pictures in order so I figure that at least gives him some info. It's a fun tradition and even though they don't necessarily get it, they ask to do it each night and get excited for it. We light our advent candles while we do the craft and read the lesson. I think you could also do it like you did the Easter story where they find something in the house to represent the night's story.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness. I love this idea. Love it! Will you remind me next November? If I was organized like you Tracy, I would stash this idea away in a special place. I am not organized like you!

Allegro ma non troppo said...

You've put a lot of work into it! Lovely.

Melissa B. said...

We have a Jesse Tree at our church each Christmas. The kids in Sunday School make the ornaments, and there's a special early service on Christmas Eve. We still have all of the Chicas' Jesse Tree creations, which we hang on our tree every year. Hope you and yours had the Merriest!

Unknown said...

I can not believe you remembered to remind me : ) I am printing this now : )

Thank you so much. You are thoughtful. How was your Thanksgiving?