Christmas gets so busy, and my tendency for activities with the kids is to try and do something too complicated, get frustrated, try and modify my plan, and then rush something at the end.
This makes for little joy. I drive everyone nuts.
Good news this year.
My sweet friend Katie organized a Jesse Tree Ornament exchange for some friends. It was simple and fairly easy for everyone involved:
Katie emailed a wide group of friends, asking if they’d like to participate, and then assigned the first 25 people who replied one of the 25 days, with a set of scriptures that went along with that day. Each friend then made 25 of the same ornaments that symbolized their day. We all showed up at Katie’s one morning with our 25 ornaments, put them on the dining table, and then went around the table and everyone took one of each ornament. And with that, everyone had a set of 25 handmade ornaments.
We had a guide (available for download at the end of the post) that shows which scriptures go along with each day.
A few tips:
- Make your ornaments sturdy! You’ll want them to last in little hands over the years.
- Make them simple! You’re making 25, which takes more time than you’d think :)
- I’m sure some of the ladies who participated can comment with their own tips….
click the image below to download the daily guide: