“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Isaiah 11:1
While shopping for Lucy’s birthday, the kids were appalled to find themselves walking in a winter wonderland. “Why is the Christmas stuff out?!” Philip was near panic. “We haven’t even gotten through All Hallow’s Eve!” Seeing the Christmas trees and sparkling decor convinced Gemma that her birthday had to be happening in the next few days. The girls have begun to repeatedly casually mention gift suggestions for Christmas and Jac asked while out and about what color we should we wear for Christmas this year. Philip is on countdown for Advent songs and facebook keeps reminding me that there are only 9 Fridays Until Christmas!!! All that is to say IT IS COMING.
I wrote last year about our Jesse tree and got to thinking that I’d love to share that tradition with even more folks. How about an ornament swap?!
A Jesse Tree ornament swap works like this- each participant who registers will be assigned one symbol to make. The total number of ornaments each participant will make of their symbol will depend on the number of those participating, but the maximum number required is 28. All ornaments will be turned in to the swap organizer and they will combine all of the ornaments into full sets of the 28 ornaments. You will receive a PDF booklet containing scriptures for each ornament and the order in which they are displayed.
Think and pray about if you would like to participate this year and tell your friends! Please look over the dates below as meeting these deadlines are the way we can insure to get the sets back to you in time to begin Advent!
Sign Up Deadline – 11/9
Receive your symbol and assigned number you will make – 11/10
Turn in all your ornaments – 11/22
Receive your full sets – 11/25
How can I receive more than one set? – Sign up to make more than one symbol!
What sort of ornaments or materials are okay? – It is good to keep in mind that the ornaments will hopefully be handled by little hands so durable is good! Foam, craft foam, sculpey or air dry clay, crochet/knit, fabric, felt, shrinky-dink, metal, wood, craft sticks, clothespins, leather, salt/cornstarch dough, etc., are all excellent ideas!
But I’m not very crafty. Can I still do it? – Absolutely! Pinterest has a wealth of ideas! Plus, you are made in the image and likeness of the great Creator so you’ve got creativity in there somewhere!