Hello, dear friends. I’m praying that you had a wonderful, blessed, Christ-filled Christmas.
Our family had a wonderful time doing this project and we achieved the goal we had set out to accomplish: to keep the focus on Jesus. It was truly meaningful. And I am so glad we did it. It was, however, a learning curve!
It seems like a good idea to come up with a conclusion to the Jesse Tree series to remind myself of a few things for next year. Every time I finish a project or event I think, I need to make a list of things that worked and things I need to do differently next time. And then I never do it! Having you all here has kept me accountable. So in case you are doing the Jesse Tree, this list may be helpful to you, too.
1. Split the activity into two parts – Morning and Evening. In the morning, pull the ornament, hang it on the tree and read out of the story book or read the Scripture. In the evening, do the song, activity and read what wasn’t read in the morning.
2. Sing more songs / Christmas carols. I was so intent on finding songs that fit the theme that we missed our usual singing by the light of the tree time.
3. Find meaningful activities to do less often. The activities overwhelmed me a bit. Some seemed too grandiose to do within a day, while others didn’t seem to fit or were less meaningful. And honestly, I would rather do more difficult stuff less frequently if it has meaning. Our Passover meal and Lights Out nights were incredibly special and the kids got a lot out of the parallels. I’d also like to find more crafts to do for next year.
4. Have the kids make their own Jesse Tree ornaments. Our family ornaments that Shane and I made are special, but I will want my kids to have their own for years to come.
5. Replace ornaments instead of adding. The tree got really, really full and the kiddos didn’t know how/where to place the ornaments. Had I told them to simply replace one of the plain colored balls I had already placed, it would have made for a less crazy tree.
6. When in doubt and time runs out, Scripture is the most important. There were days that we were rushed for time and were trying to cram it all in. In the end, the Bible says it best.
Did you who did the Jesse Tree along with us come up with good tips? PLEASE share them here! If you did any activities or came up with different songs that you’d like to share, I’d LOVE to hear from you!
Happy New Year!
Blessings and much love,