The last few years our family has observed Advent. It has really brought out the magic and miracle of Christmas for me. During a season of receiving and consuming, observing Advent focuses my heart and mind on the gifts I have already received. The gift of life through salvation that cannot be taken away. The gift of hope we have in Jesus. The gift of love given to us from the beginning of time.
Each November, as I am making my shopping lists for teacher gifts and grandparents, I also prepare for Advent.
Last year we used the Jesse Tree Book with our kids, and they loved it. Starting with Adam and Eve, it walks you through the genealogy of Jesus. For the ornaments, we used The Jesse Tree Ornament and Craft Book. We colored an ornament each day as we talked about the story.
If someone told me I had to bake with my kids for 25 days in a row to celebrate Advent, I would probably cancel Christmas at our house. If this is how you are feeling right now about doing a craft for 25 days with your kids, don’t fret. Our children have no idea what Advent is. They don’t need additional ornaments, crafts, calendars or trees. These are all optional things to go along with the devotional.
If you are looking for an ornament set that isn’t made by your children, I recommend this Wooden Ornament Set. I have not personally used it, but I would love to get it when the girls get older to continue doing out Advent tree tradition after they have outgrown crafts. The ornaments are beautiful, and according to the website they seem to go along with the Jesse Tree Story
Every year, I also offer a free Advent Devotional. It’s a daily devotional for adults for the Advent season.
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