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Celebrating Advent and Using a Jesse Tree

Our first Christmas after losing Miranda, we sought to create new traditions for the holiday season in hopes of giving ourselves a productive distraction from grief and preparing our hearts for the Christmas season. We began celebrating Advent with a Jesse Tree.

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I began by scouring Pinterest for ideas. There is no lack of abundance there.

 

Follow Lisa’s board Advent: Preparing for Christmas on Pinterest.   We also looked at the Advent suggestions from The Family Man. He makes some great easy recommendations for family night Advent celebrations. We put together our Advent wreath.   Advent candle wreath  

 

I found this book available on Amazon for my Kindle, The Jesse Tree: An Advent Journey from Creation to the Birth of Jesus. I wasn’t looking for a full devotional, (though there are many available) I just wanted to know the scripture references.  

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I used the suggestions in this book as well as ideas that I had found on other blogs and  websites. I started to create a set of felt ornaments for our Jesse Tree. The first couple of years we used a jewelry organizer from Target. Last year we used a spiral ornament tree from IKEA. This year we’ve settled on an ornament tree from Pier 1.   Jesse Tree and Advent Wreath  

 

Each year I’ve added more ornaments to our set. Each Sunday evening of December we light an advent candle and each day we read the scripture reference and hang the coordinating ornament.       Advent Jesse Tree Week 1  CreativLEI.com     Advent Week 2  CreativLEI.com     Week 3 Advent Jesse Tree  CreativLEI.com (The lion and lamb are actually two sides of the same ornament.)   Advent Jesse Tree Week 4  CreativLEI.com   This year we’re adding a little more fun using Everyday Emmanuel from What’s in the Bible!

 

I’ve downloaded it to my Kindle and I’ll use the activities during our school day and save our Jesse tree ornaments for the evening.

Each Sunday evening our Everyday Emmanuel Advent candle devotion includes a hymn. I’m using Gloria from Not Consumed, to study each hymn for the week during our homeschool hours. This will help towards our music study.

Do you celebrate Advent? What are some of your traditions?

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