Friday, December 21, 2012

A fun advent season

Remember this tree? We always have “interesting” Christmas trees, usually nothing normal about them. Two years ago, we had a 19’ cedar tree that we put in the stairwell. Last year, because we traveled all of November and most of December, we had a tiny little pine tree that Savannah plucked on Christmas morning. This year, we were back to cedar, but ended up cutting two to make it appear full.

Sorry, I digress. This isn’t exactly about our trees, but it is about the 19’ tree. After we took the tree down, John sliced the trunk into disks. They smelled good, so surely there must be some use for them. (Welcome to my world :). This year, I got an idea off of pinterest to use them for my “Jesse” tree. John and Hadden painstakingly stripped the bark off and drilled holes in all of the cedar disks in preparation of painting on them.

Each day, the kids paint one of their cedar disks with a symbol that corresponds to the Bible character that we are reading about. While they paint, I read the story from the Bible.


Here are the first few days. They don’t want to hang straight, but I think that adds to the charm. Savannah’s have the red yarn and Hadden’s have the green.


They are hanging from an i.kea curtain rod that we had bought, but decided against using as a curtain rod. We hung it to display artwork that the kids have painted and it has the exact number of hooks that I need! It’s fun to see how they interpret the symbol that they are supposed to paint.

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

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