Slowly but surely we are getting our decorating done. After fighting with my "pre-lit" (yes it is in quotations on purpose) tree today, I really wanted to cancel all decorating. So for part one I am sharing a few things that we have mostly done.
At Thanksgiving I was talking to my sister-in-law about the Jesus tree that we decorate each year as part of our Christmas traditions. I thought it might be fun to share it here for her and anyone else who might be interested.
When the kids were younger we felt that we needed to add some more things into our yearly traditions to help us be more focused on the reason that our family celebrates Christmas. There are various ideas on the web and this is what we came up with.
Here are some things that are portrayed on our tree. We mostly use things we have or make. I think that the finding and using things that are around the house helps to get them thinking.
Here is a list of the things that we have on the tree this year.
Lion of Judah (plastic toy lion)
Lamb of God (plastic toy lamb)
My strong rock (a rock)
Bright Morning Star (old mini tree topper found at garage sale)
Righteous Branch (Jesus)
King of Kings (made crown w/glitter)
Light of the World (chandelier bulb w/ribbon-may not be appropriate for very young children)
My hope (word found at Michaels)
My lamp (a Coleman lantern key chain)
Good Shepherd (shepherds crook made out of clay)
My Shield (lego knight's kingdom shield)
Sun of righteousness (made of paper)
Alpha and Omega (made w/paper and glitter)
Pearls for Pearl of great price (dress up necklace)
added this year:
Strong tower (chess piece)
Bread of Life (made of clay)
Some of the ornaments haven't made it out of their tubs yet this year. We also have small nativity ornaments on this tree and really the kids are welcome to put anything that they can think of and we have had various thing come and go over the years.
Our Nativity (Fontanini)
My cake plate.
A sneak peak at part 2.
Stay tuned for more holiday cheer.
For more holiday:
go here for Victoria's Santa post
go here to check out Vic's adorable snowmen
go here for a little touch of Christmas and a yummy recipe
go here for some easy recipes get supper on the table quickly during this busy season.