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Monday, November 28, 2011

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...



I love Christmas! Absolutely everything about it!

Not the crazy, shopping, ridiculous part, but the miracle of the season part. It's a time that I cherish with my boys and I really try to make an effort to put Christ at the center of it all. This year I want to get caught up in the miracle of my Savior who came for all!


Found this idea on Pinterest.
Hot glue and ribbons. Done!
Hubs hung our lights, and I unpacked all the fun Christmas decor. I got our Jesse Tree set up and ready to go! I've been making a few more ornaments this year, and I'm looking forward to spending that devotional time with the boys.

If you're not familiar with the Jesse Tree, Google it! It's an awesome way to teach your kiddos the miracle of God's plan in sending a Savior.

Couldn't resist some beachy flair. 



















It ties Old testament prophecy and New testament truths in the perfect way to teach the lineage of Christ. It is based on the verse in Isaiah 11:1 which says, "A root will come up from the stump of Jesse, from his roots a branch will bear fruit." There's an ornament to hang on your tree that represents a daily devotional reading for each of the days of Advent. Sharing bible truths from creation to Christ, the Jesse Tree is special Advent tradition!

You can find devotions and patterns for your ornaments HERE.















I also made a paper chain for each day in December. I love those things. Written on the back of each link is the date and a special Advent activity we'll do that day. My little guys can't wait to wake up and rip the link to see what the day will bring. I try to do something everyday during December to remind the boys of the true meaning of the season. Even if it's something small, it's something!



We lit our first Advent candle last night, and I hope it's a memory my boys will cherish forever. I bought these candles last year, and have been holding onto them since. I just couldn't wait to use them! These colors can be hard to find at this time of year. I got mine at Yankee Candle last year, and I did notice Hobby Lobby has an aisle with advent wreaths/candles. Good to know!



Making memories and building traditions. I love Christmas!

What traditions do you love to do with your family?

What do you hope for this season?

Merry Christmas, my bloggy friends!!


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5 Comments:

At November 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM , Blogger Di said...

My hubby was super proud to be the first one on the street with lights up. He's been taking Jellybean outside to look at them every night. :)

 
At November 28, 2011 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Shell said...

I need to look into doing a Jesse tree this year. I've heard about it, but we've never done it.

 
At November 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Janet Rose said...

It is looking alot like Christmas at your home. Very cute decor!

 
At November 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM , Blogger MiMi said...

How fun! I love hearing about others' traditions and seeing their decor! :)

 
At November 29, 2011 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

I love Christmas too!! I love all of your advent traditions. We are slowly trying to make establish our own traditions with mixing those in from both of our families. I love it!

 

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