As you may know, we don't do Santa, so last year I set out to make our own traditions. I stumbled upon the Advent Calendar on another SB moms blog. I loved it, so last year we did our first Advent Adventure (you can read about all of our Advent Adventures by clicking here). This was a HUGE hit, especially with Caleb, he absolutely loved opening the door and reading what our "adventure" was for that day.
Given the success of last year, I knew that we would definitely do this again, but I wanted to add to our traditions this year. I decided to do a Jesse Tree with the boys as well. Here are some of the resources I am using this year.
(this isn't a Jesse Tree or Advent Book but I'm going to use the stories in it along with our scripture readings)
I also found a cute e-book that I downloaded.
Really cool book for those with younger kids that want to make an ornament for the Jesse tree every single day. I originally wanted to do this but the thought of making an ornament every single day stressed me out a bit. Caleb loves doing crafts but a simple craft that should take about 15 minutes will take him well over an hour because that is just how Caleb is. And I love that about him. I didn't want to stress over the ornament part of it but this is still a really cute book with really cute ideas.
I found this today, which I LOVE!
This offered all the Jesse tree symbols and scriptures! This was such a lifesaver for me. So, I followed the tutorial on the site (minus the fancy boxes) and made all the ornaments today and I'm going to use all of the resources listed above for our devotional each day. There were things I like and didn't like about each book so I'm going to just pick and choose what I want. I've learned that there is no right or wrong way to do a Jesse tree, it's just about the daily journey of discovering Christ from the Creation to His birth. I'm really excited about it and I think the boys will enjoy it too.
And yes, I know that Advent technically started this past Sunday but since my Advent box is a 1-25 calendar, we are starting our Jesse Tree AVENTure tomorrow on December 1st. I'll share our activities and devotions as the month goes on. If you have any great resources or ideas you want to share then leave a comment. I would love to hear what you do with your family.