If I had to pick a favourite from our family’s Advent traditions I think the Jesse Tree would probably be it. Before we were married I used to imagine one day doing it with my husband and children, I love it.
This is our Jesse Tree. I made it out of felt in 2009 when Mary was 2. I used giant panels of felt from our fabric store.
Our ornaments are also made out of felt. I didn’t follow any specific templates, I loosely based them off of Jessica’s examples.
Our children are only 5.5, 3.5, and 1 so we use a simple illustrated children’s bible (which appears to be out of print now but I really love it).
It’s got short, simple stories for every night, that are easy for our little one to understand.
For Mary we are going to stop our normal school routine for Advent and start working on a lapbook and the Jesse Tree study guide instead. I think she is ready for something a little more challenging this year. She has inherited my love for traditions so I know it’s going to be lots of fun.
Thank you for joining the link-up! I LOVE your Jesse Tree and the ornaments – so cute! (And your children are absolutely adorable!) Advent blessings to you and your family!
Hooray for advent! It’s very exciting, and it’s so nice to spend that quality time with our family.