Don’t look now but Advent is just around the corner.
More precisely put, this Monday is December 1st.
With Thanksgiving this week, the usual fullness of the weekend, and then the start of the Christmas season sneaking up on us, I already feel like the days are fast and full, despite my intentional plans not to let us get too busy.
But, we have every reason to let ourselves relax and slow down and let go of whatever pressure we are putting on ourselves.
The Jesse Tree is a plan to walk through the Bible to see how everything is pointing to the promise of a Savior. (Read more about remembering Christ in Advent here).
There are 25 days (starting December 1st) and 25 corresponding Bible texts and ornaments to represent each text. It’s a really intentional way of remembering Christ everyday and developing a better appreciation for the great anticipation of His coming. Adults and kids alike learn to find Jesus more fully in the Old Testament as well as see afresh the world’s desperate need for the hope and help found in Christ.
Here are some resources to help you celebrate Advent through the Jesse Tree, and below you can find step-by-step directions to make a pocket Jesse Tree hanger for your wall that can be used year after year.
Are you a planner or a spontaneous cook when it comes to Thanksgiving?
Me? I’m a planner. As soon as the calendar starts reading ‘November’, my mind is thinking menu plans and guests and seating. The whole nine yards. My mother-in-law, who is my co-host for almost all our holiday meals, does not typically share in my eagerness for brainstorming turkey preparations and suitable side dishes and exactly how many pies we need four weeks out. I’ve taken a hint after years of being chuckled at when I start talking pies the first week of November– just keep all the holiday planning to myself until the week of.
A large part of my enthusiasm does of course stem from the fact that I love to cook. But I cook every single day so there has to be an extra motivator when it comes to holiday meal planning.