How To Use

December is always a crazy, busy time of year for our family, and I imagine it is for you, too!  Reason for the Seasons: a Jesse Tree Advent Journey is meant to be a tool to provide opportunities to connect with your family about the true meaning of the season: celebrating the birth of our amazing Savior.  Think of Reason for the Seasons: a Jesse Tree Advent Journey as a resource; take the aspects that work for you and your family each year.


Readings:
What I like about The Big Picture Story Bible by: David Helm and The Jesus Storybook Bible by: Sally Lloyd-Jones is that they tell scripture in a way that connects with my children.  If you would like to read the scripture out of your favorite Bible translation, scripture references are also provided.
  • Each day, read the specific page numbers (or scripture references) provided in the reading guide
  • Each ornament, craft, activity, food, and coloring book page provide an opportunity to reinforce the main idea of each story as well as provide rich discussion with your family
Jesse Tree & Ornaments:
  • A printable ornament is provided for each day with a picture symbol representing the story
  • Ornaments can be hung on your Christmas tree or a separate small tree (either purchased or made)
  • A step-by-step tutorial is provided to make a Jesse Tree to hang your ornaments
  • This tree can be saved and used every year
Advent Calendar:
  • My children absolutely love opening an advent calendar every day to reveal the story and ornament we will be discussing
  • A step-by-step tutorial is provided to make an advent calendar using a mini muffin tin to store your ornaments 
  • You can also purchase an advent calendar; Make sure it is large enough to store your ornaments (approximately 1.5" diameter)
  • This advent calendar can be saved and used every year
Crafts:
  • Each day’s guide provides step-by-step craft picture tutorials
  • The idea of the crafts are to provide an opportunity for discussion and further reinforcement of the day’s story; if your end product isn’t “perfect”, no worries  
  •  Craft 1 is a quicker, easier craft that typically uses supplies such as construction paper, markers, crayons, paint, scissors, and glue
  • Craft 2 is typically a more “advanced” craft using more specific/specialized materials such as a glass ornament
  • Supplies needed for the crafts can be found at your local craft store, dollar store, and hardware store
  • Materials can be substituted, so use what you have available – if it calls for ribbon and you have yarn – Perfect! 
  • These crafts make for great gifts – My children love wrapping them up and giving them to our loved ones, friends and neighbors
 Activities:
  • Each day’s guide provides an activity idea for your family to reinforce the concept of the day’s story
  • These activities include everything from going on a family walk to playing board games
Food:
Coloring Book Pages:
  • The coloring book provides a coloring page for each day which is super helpful on days you do not have time to do a craft, activity or food

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