Monday, November 22, 2010

Getting ready for advent...

The Jesse Tree. I've had every intention of using one in our advent activities for the last three years. Never happened. Until now.

The last week involved several hours of coloring, cutting, and gluing. (Much fun was had. How can one not experience joy when using grown-up watercolor pencils? No waxy crayons for this coloring project!) Yesterday brought the finish of this project. And I'm happy. So very happy.

I used this link for the ornament templates. This link also provides a very brief devotional or you can find more detailed devotionals on

God's gift often becomes second-rate because we become so wrapped up in the commercialism of Christmas. The to-do lists. The decorating. The gifts. What are some ways we can reel ourselves back in to the roots? To refocus? To think? To understand? To embrace?

This is the season of God's greatest provision. May we experience it fully.

P.S. - I plan on posting some more Christ-centered activities for the coming Christmas season. But first I'm going to enjoy my most favorite holiday of all, Thanksgiving. However, if you're planning on incorporating any daily advent activities such as the Jesse Tree or an advent wreath, the first official day of advent this year is this coming Sunday, November 28th.


Just Another Day In Paradise said...

What is the Jesse tree? I have never heard of this and am curious!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Great idea! Thanksgiving is my favorite too! Not so much hustle and bustle as Christmas. I love the reason we celebrate Christmas, just not all the commercial emphasis that goes along with it. Jackie