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Advent began this past Sunday. We started our Jesse tree.
Each night after dinner, we read a short Bible story. We sing a song, light a candle, say a prayer, and then Grace hangs an ornament on the small white tree that sits on our dining room table. It takes less than ten minutes, but it enhances our Christmas celebration.
Incidentally, our Jesse tree tradition has also enhanced my own Bible reading year round. Every time I read an Old Testament story, I try to fit it into our Christmas story.
This year, I’m going to add in something new. It is the perfect complement to our Jesse tree because it relates directly to the story of Jesus’ birth.
This year, we’re doing the Truth in the Tinsel craft projects and studies, in addition to our Jesse tree stuff. Jesse tree happens at dinner time, with Daddy. Truth in the Tinsel is going to happen in the late morning, just before or just after lunch.
Written by my friend, Amanda, Truth in the Tinsel involves a daily Bible reading from the Christmas story, along with a craft project, a discussion point, and a related activity for later in the day.
Grace adores crafts, and I’m really excited to have all of the crafts in one place, all listed with the patterns, materials, and scriptures. Each page looks like this:
Make this the year.
Celebrate advent. Grow closer to Jesus.
5 Days of Christmas Traditions
To celebrate the first week of Advent, I’ll be talking about Christmas traditions every day this week.
Monday – Our Christmas Traditions
Tuesday – Jesse Tree & Truth in the Tinsel (that’s today!)
Wednesday – Advent Wreath
Thursday – Coloring the Advent
Friday – Christmas countdown chain and other countdown ideas
Other blogs celebrating 5 Days of Christmas this week
All of these bloggers are participating in the 5 Days of Christmas this week. Go see what they’re doing:
A Slob Comes Clean – Getting Your Home Company Ready
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
Sunflower Schoolhouse – Decorations
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts
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