The Jesse Tree

While we certainly love the decorating, caroling, treats, gifts and all the sweet, special things that make Christmas such a wonderful holiday, this year we started teaching the kids the true meaning of Christmas using the Jesse Tree Advent custom.

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree of Jesus. It tells the story of God’s salvation, beginning with creation and continuing through the Old Testament, to the coming of the Messiah. The name comes from Isaiah 11:1, “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.”

Each night after dinner and once we’re in our jammies, we snuggle up in the living room by the tree and read the daily scripture, talk about what it means in 5-year old terms and hang the day’s ornament on our Jesse Tree.  We are using this guide for our daily devotional.  I also used the drawings on that site for templates to create our ornaments.  For just a few dollars, I picked up white felt, gold glitter paint and gold cording to make the ornaments.   There are also ready-made sets out there if you are interested in starting this tradition but don’t want to make all the ornaments.

This has become the sweetest part of my day and something I look forward to doing for many more years!

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Fish Out of Water

No night would be complete around here without some sort of boyish drama.  Ward the Fish had a near death experience when his tank “exploded” (according to a certain very frantic, and slightly guilty looking five year old.) After a desperate search through rocks, water, an upturned table, ornaments, tank parts and a tipsy Christmas… Read More

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Deck The Halls

We’ve decked the halls with red and gold ribbons, pheasant feathers, garlands, nests, wreaths, birds and all that glitters. Fa la la la la la la la la! Foyer and Stairs Living Room “Nest” Tree Family Room Kitchen Upstairs Kids Rooms and Guest Room By dixiedelights | Filed under Uncategorized | Tags: decor, holidays Share

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Elf Magic

The holidays are here! Our trees are up, lights are on, Christmas music is playing, candles are lit, and, most importantly, our faithful elf Scout has returned for the month. This year Scout is bringing a treat to the boys each day. We wanted to avoid just giving candy, so we decided to use all… Read More

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Hello World

I started this blog on a whim a good while back.  After following so many interesting, funny and inspiring blogs I wanted to get in on the action.  Except, I’m just now getting around to it! I’m Amanda. I’ve spent my whole life living in the South. Originally from Savannah, I eventually stepped out from… Read More

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