If you haven't seen Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree advent devotionals at A Holy Experience, do not pass Go; do not collect $200; click on it, subscribe and enjoy the beauty of her words, the beauty of the artwork on the ornaments and the beauty of God's inexpressible gift of love shown down through the ages to His people.
Now this Jesse Tree where our hearts climb high in this season of waiting, it's named after the Jesse who was the father of David, the first royal branch in the tree of the Messiah to come, David to whom God promised that his line and his sons and his family would be King forever. And when his sons and grandsons and great grandsons turned from God and loved sin more than their Father and their kingdoms fell, and it seemed as though the whole royal family tree of Jesse had been chopped right off at the roots, our covenant, promise-keeping God, He vowed, "Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot - yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root..."She has daily devotionals that draw our attention to how God made and fulfilled His promises/covenants to His people, starting at Creation, going through the Fall, through Noah's family and Abraham's and on. She also includes beautifully drawn artwork by Nancy W. Rodden to make into ornaments to put on your Jesse tree daily.
Since I like to play with fabric and I wanted something even more sturdy than laminated card stock, I copied the drawings onto Sew-on Transfers which I bought at Walmart and then made mini-quilt ornaments of them with rick-rack for hanging.
The super rustic Jesse Tree is a branch standing in a hollow piece of firewood. Maybe we'll get more extravagant sometime, but this works for now.
We're also still doing the advent activities and readings that we've always done, which can be found starting here: http://homepiecing.blogspot.com/2010/12/advent-activities-days-1-2.html. We're also planning some Christmas Teas for various young ladies. So it's a fun, busy time.!
Hope your activities and celebratings cause you to fall even more in love with the Giver of all good things.