Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One of My Favorite Things

Each year we try to keep the focus on giving and the birth of Jesus and prepare for Christmas Day with excitement and joy.  And we have done some good things over the years, fun stuff, meaningful stuff.  This year, though, we started something that I hope to continue each year.  It is simple.  The kids are able to follow along easily.  It requires little or no preparation.  It infuses scripture and His word into our everyday celebration.  It is found here : .  She  has made a free jesse tree devotional book.  Each day you read a story from the bible and make an ornament to go on the jesse tree.  Our jesse tree we made out of paper and is hanging where we eat.  We can go over the stories, using the ornaments to remember, at mealtimes.  It's been good.   It's been good to see Fia get it, to understand the stories, to hear and make connections as we work our way through the old testament.  Each night there is a way to unwrap His love which includes singing a Christmas carol, making a card for someone or writing down the blessings in your life and putting them under the tree.  We have skipped one or two because the kids are still young and the attention isn't there, at times.  Francesca is off to the living room, Nico is licking whatever food is on whatever surface, Fia is struggling to stay on task but well, you heard what the other two are doing :)  So it's not perfect but it's a start.  It's a new tradition, one that I hope will grow and stay with our kids.  Check it out.  

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