The Christmas season is once again upon us. I have most of my presents purchased if not thought out, and the lights are lit up.
It is so easy to get caught up in the Christmas craziness. We all know that, so I won't bother talking about what Christmas is NOT about. Instead I wanted to share what we do to help prepare our hearts for one of the most magical days of the year.
In our home, we do something called a Jesse tree. We got the idea from A Holy Experience, and downloaded all the materials for FREE from her website. It is a daily devotional, explaining from beginning to end the reason for Christ. It is quite intense, and very educational. It is also beautiful and practical. We did it last year for the first time, and the girls loved putting the ornaments on the tree. It is so detailed, that we are learning things that just slipped by us last year. It is also good, because the older the kids get, the more they will 'get it'.
This year we picked our perfect stump, and some branches full of thorns to represent our shoot. It sits in our dining room as a daily reminder of why we do what we do. I highly recommend doing this with your kids. After all.... it IS why we celebrate in the first place.