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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Treasuring Christ in Christmas

This year, we began each morning with our Jesse Tree.  I've been intrigued by the Jesse Tree idea for a few years now, but have never been intentional about preparing the 25 ornaments. Back in August on a scrapbooking retreat, one of the ladies mentioned that they do a Jesse Tree ornament swap and I told her that I might be interested.  When the time came, I was assigned to make 25 ornaments for day # 4 (a camel and a tent).  Then, one night in mid-November, 40 ladies congregated at my house and we shared ornaments.  Each woman made 25 of the same ornament and in the end, each of us had a full set of ornaments.  It was a much easier...and more fun...way to prepare our Jesse Tree.  The ornaments were wrapped and numbered so each morning the kids got to open a present.  It was so fun and the Advent Jesse Tree Devotions were so great.  They tied in really well to the sermon series our church did earlier this fall about God's Rescue Plan and also fit well with our favorite children's Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible.  For our morning devotional time, we read from my ESV study Bible but in the evenings we always read the Jesus Storybook Bible so it was neat that they corresponded.  

Caedmon and Libby also enjoyed singing praises to God at our church's Creationland Christmas.  Creationland is the name of the nursery department.  One Sunday evening, they put on a fantastic program of singing and Scripture.  Libby sang and did motions to Away in the Manger and Caedmon sang Happy Birthday, Jesus.  Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them on stage.  They were both entertainers, showing no fear and putting on quite a show!

We also used our What God Wants for Christmas book for the last week of the season.  It's a good way to keep the focus and again, the kids enjoyed opening the boxes each day.  We did that one in the evening so that Tom could be a part of it.

Of course, it wouldn't be a birthday without a cake so on Christmas day, we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus, blew out the candles, and talked about what a gift HE is while eating our cake.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of making the ornaments for one specific day then sharing them with the other participants!

    Looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas! Happy New Year to your family!


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