our Jesse Tree: the story of the film so far

The kids are knee-deep in Christmas Insanity.  Drafts of their letters to Santa are littering the hallways and the kitchen table; every toy they see at Target goes straight to The List…only to be scratched off a few minutes later and replaced with…everything else.  Legos, Lego Men, Star Wars figurines and vehicles (Darth Vader is still cool, in case you were wondering), as well as any tiny, sparkling animal that comes with an accessory are staples.

Thus enters The Jesse Tree.  At dinner we light the Advent candles (I lost our wreath in move number nine million, so I had to improvise), I read an abridged version of the recommended reading, and the kids color an ornament.  We haven’t put any “real” ornaments on the tree yet, just the Jesse Tree ornaments.

The kids are threatening mutiny if we don’t really decorate soon…we’ll probably cave next weekend.  For now, though, here is a small sampling of our Jesse Tree ornaments, as well as a list of the recommended daily readings for The Liturgical Season of Advent. …you’ll be able to see why some of the readings are abridged…

The World is Created (globe)…..GEN 1:24-28

Audrey's Globe

Adam & Eve (snake & apples)….GEN 3:1-24

Noah (rainbow)…………………..GEN 6:11-22; 8:6-12; 9:11-17

Abraham (camel)…………………GEN 12:1-7; 13:2-18; 18:1

Will's Camel

Sarah (baby)………………………GEN 18:1-15; 21:1-7

Isaac (ram)………………………..GEN 22:1-14

Will's Supercool and Very Awesome Ram

Jacob (ladder)…………………….GEN 27:41-28:22

Joseph (multicolored coat)…….GEN 37:1-36

Moses (burning bush)………….EXO 3:1-10

Miriam (tambourines)…………EXO 15:19-21

Samuel (lamp)…………………..1 SAM 3:1-21

Jesse (branch)………………….ISA 11:1

David (harp)……………………1 SAM16:14-23

Solomon (crown)……………..I KINGS 3:3-28

Isaiah (throne)………………..ISA 6:1-8

…I’ll post the rest tomorrow or the next day…Gotta go do Mommy stuff now.  🙂

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