Recently, I got a copy of the digital book Our Family's Jesse Tree.
I love the Jesse Tree tradition. If you're not familiar with it, the Jesse Tree is a set of images that tell the story of salvation from the start of creation.
Each picture corresponds with a scripture reading. It's like a miniature bible timeline study for Advent. A small thing you can do each day that gives your kids an overview of our entire story.
With this book, you can bring the salvation story to life in a way that works for your family, crafty skills, and speed of life.
It includes each of the scripture readings that accompany the images - as well as a prayerful reflection.
The book offers detailed directions - great for the beginning crafter. It offers a variety of ways the ornaments can be created, including:
- Printing the pictures
- Printing the pattern for coloring
- Printing the pattern pieces for craft foam
- Printing the pattern pieces for felt or embroidering
Maybe this is a season of busyness for your family - print the pictures or let the toddlers color the patterns to use.
Maybe you have a budding new artist in your home - let them create with colored pencils, craft foam or felt.
Or, maybe crafting is your downtime. This book offers you a how-to guide to a beautiful tradition.
My youngest is just getting old enough to color and sit for a few moments. My oldest is able to do quite a bit more in the crafting department. This Advent, we'll be able to print two sets of ornaments and let the girls create their own sets.
I'm looking forward to incorporating this book into our season, and now that I have a beautiful set of patterns, we'll be able to use them to the girls' abilities over the years to come.
You can find it for sale - and very reasonably priced - here:
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