Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Advent is soon upon us, and I'm in high preparation mode. I'm so excited about this Christmas I feel most days like I could explode.
I'm reading through "The Greatest Gift" which is Ann Voskamp's new book. We plan to go through that as a family, and put an ornament on a "tree" everyday for our "Jesse Tree" project. This last week I just got some red card stock for backing the ornaments, and I'm planning on cutting out these ornament print outs that came with the book, and make little loops with which to hang the ornaments using the spool of red and white baker's twine.
The book seems very deep, which I like, but on the other hand, I'm worried my younger kids won't latch onto the readings. In any case, we'll do the Bible readings each day of Advent, which they can all understand, and then do the reading from the book, which some of us can understand, and then we'll hang an ornament on the Jesse Tree, which all the kids should enjoy.
Our Jesse Tree this year is just a bunch of apple branches that I saved from pruning months ago, and I plan to put them in a large red vase, and we'll just hang the ornaments on the bare sticks. The idea of a Jesse Tree is to tell a story (usually Old Testament) each day of Advent that leads to the purpose of Jesus' coming. It answers many of the "why" questions by the time we reach the celebration.
This will be our first Jesse Tree, and I'm very excited about it.
I have lots of knitting going on, but what I chose to show was a little bunny cardigan that still needs sleeves and a hood (with little holes to make room for bunny ears.) I also have to remember to hunt down some little buttons for this little bunny cardigan...and the 2 others that need to be made before Christmas.
I'm sure I'm not the only one finishing up some Christmas knitting during the Yarn Along today! I'm linking up with Ginny's site, which hosts the fun Yarn Along, where various blogs talk about what they are knitting and reading this week. Enjoy!