Sunday, December 04, 2011
Lowest-Tech Jesse Tree Possible
Each day of Advent, a symbolic ornament is added to represent one event or character in the lead-up to the Messiah's birth in Bethlehem. Starting with God's Creation of the world on Day 1, moving through the Fall (which is the whole reason we NEED a Savior), the Flood, the calling of Abraham, the Exodus, the Kingdom, the Prophets, the Exile, and then the familiar events of Matt 1-3 & Luke 1-2.
I printed off two lists- a longer list (starts 4 Sundays before Christmas Day) from Christian Voice, and a 25-day list (starts Dec 1st) from jesse-tree.com. I printed off coloring graphics from osv.com and from The Reformed Church in America. There are tons more out there; I just wanted something Eowyn could color, so that's why I went with the simple black & white outlines. This is another cool packet-- this would totally make part of a fun birthday or new-baby gift. If I were doing these to be our permanent Jesse Tree ornaments I might have done some of the colored ones like these.
Every morning after breakfast, while she's still contained in her high chair, I "read" (usually it's more of a re-cap) the day's story to Eowyn from one of our many children's Bibles-- right now the Illustrated Children's Bible Vol 1 is working great. Then she gets one marker at a time (to her great delight) and makes a few marks on the day's ornament. We work on colors too as she gets to tell me which color she'd like next. Then I tape it onto our tree. Ta-da!