Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Keeping Christ in Christmas...

Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
And on that day the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, and his resting place will be glorious.
Isaiah 11:1,10

This is our Jesse Tree.
Jesse was the father of David and Jesus came from his stump or family tree. So as we countdown to Jesus's birth we go through his family lineage and important events and prophecies from God at creation to his humble arrival in Bethlehem.

These are some of our ornaments.

Each night we have a devotion/bible story, then discuss it and place our ornament on the tree, then sing a song that either goes with the story or a christmas song or just one we like, then pray and we're done.

 We are using the book One wintry night (thanks mom) and supplementing with a kids bible.So far we've placed the tree which was our first ornament for the prophecy in Isaiah and this year we put an angel on top to signify the part angels have had in so many of the stories and events. Then we placed a world ornament for the creation story and a fruit tree for Adam and Eve and tonight was a rainbow for Noah. Slowly it transforms from a bare, empty, sad little tree to a full, bright tree with a story to tell. Kinda like our lives once we allow Christ in.

Anyway it's a fun and easy tradition that helps keep the focus on what this season is really about.

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