I love adding a new tradition to our family's Christmas celebration. A couple other ladies and I decided to plan an Advent Jesse Tree ornament swap in order to bring this book into all of our homes. I am so thrilled with how it turned out.
A little background: The Advent Jesse Tree is a devotional book that traces God's plan for redemption and the lineage of Christ from creation all the way to the birth of Christ. It has parallel lessons each day - a kid version and an adult version. I think it is such a logical, historical and interesting way to celebrate Advent. The book has a symbol to correspond with each day's Bible story, and they encourage you to have ornaments to hang on a small tree as a part of each day's lesson.
Rather than make all 25 days myself, I started recruiting women in our Sunday School class to do this together. It was way more cost-effective (and way more fun to see what everyone came up with!) to build these collections together. We began sign-ups in September and I hosted our swap the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
I had Day 1 (the earth) and Day 19 (a silhouette of Bethlehem) and these are the ornaments I came up with:
Erin made for our table at the HFBC Women's Christmas Banquet.
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