I finished our Jesse Tree/Advent Calendar over the weekend….. I’m so glad to have this ready to use this year. It’s going to be a fun new addition to our Christmas festivities.
I’ve been working at improving my free motion skills, and slowly but surely I’m seeing some gain. I decided to do some free hand swirls on the top by the star and also on the branches of the tree.
When I saw the original Moda Pattern for Oh. Christmas Tree, I thought it would be perfect for a Jesse Tree. I had to figure out how to get the ornaments on the tree, and I knew I didn’t want to use Velcro. That’s where the buttons came in! I love the way the look with the scrappiness of the tree and they work perfectly to hang the ornaments on.
These are the ornaments, nothing fancy, but it’s really the symbolism that matters. I do love this tradition. It’s nice to be able to sit with the kids each day, read the devotion, talk about Christmas and what it means to us. They love being able to put the ornament on the tree each day. It’s funny how the little things become so meaningful to them.
This is what our tree will look like when it’s all full of Christmasy Goodness!
The Jesse Tree Devotional that we use is from Ann Voskamp of A Holy Experience. My version is from a couple of years ago and is available as a PDF download, but Ann has recently turned this devotional into a book, complete with beautiful paper cut ornaments, which is available at Amazon. If you don’t know Ann, she is quite an inspiration! You should totally check her out.
I’m still planning on getting that cute little mug rug finished for Santa, but for the next few days I’m going to be fully focused on consuming enormous quantities of Turkey and pie. Massive, heaping, once-a-year servings of yumminess, followed by some good conversation and a run or two. Doesn’t that all sound wonderful? I think so!
If you are looking for an Advent Calendar of your own to put together, Sew Mama Sew has a great selection of tutorials to check out.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you’re in the US and traveling, I wish you all very, very safe travel.
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