Christmas Countdown Ideas: Jesse Tree Magnets

A “Jesse Tree” is an artistic depiction of the ancestry of Jesus. The tree (whether it be a cut-out, a real Christmas tree, or simply some branches placed in a bucket) is decorated each day with ornaments that represent Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus. The tree gets its name from Isaiah 11:1 “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.”

Clever Gifts for an Obsessive Reader

Christmas is less than 7 weeks away and I know I am not the only one who has already been shopping for months. Shopping for the absolute perfect gifts for everyone in your family can take some time, research, Googling, store hopping, and probably sneakiness. So, if you have a loved one who is obsessed with books and can stay up reading way past bedtime, hopefully this list will remove some of the stress of Christmas shopping. I can’t help you with the sneakiness, however. You’re on your own.

Christmas Countdown Ideas: Nativity Story

Nativity Story Countdown There are so many ways you can incorporate this countdown idea into your family. Basically you just need a nativity set, wrapping paper, and some form of printable (see below.) You can find nativity scenes on sale this time of year, and craft stores like Hobby Lobby …

Christmas Countdown Ideas: Characteristics of Jesus

*This post was originally published on my blog back in 2008. While not exactly a countdown to Christmas or an advent calendar, I really really love the meaning behind this activity. Christmas IS Christ and what better way to spend December than learning about the characteristics of Jesus, our Savior. …