For example, you could leave your tree bare and only add ornaments to it. Or make some balls and number them yourself. Be creative! I will explain what we do, and you can alter this to suit your family.
This is our Jesse Tree. I found this 4 ft tree at Walmart for $25. It's cute and will last forever. Star topper was also Walmart, and leftover burlap in my closet for a rustic tree skirt. This is the "kids tree" and they loved decorating it themselves!
I took the verses for each day, and typed them out/printed them out, and filled the ornaments with the verses. Each day, we open the ornament, read the Scripture passage, and remove it from the tree, replacing it with the Jesse Tree ornament that goes for that day with the devotional.
On certain days, not every day, I've added another note to the ornament "Look under the tree for a special surprise". My mom sends certain advents treats and we incorporate them into this. She also has a few cards she's made that fit very well with certain days of the devotional, so again, we blend those in.
|I got all the Jesse Tree ornaments lined up by day, and ready to be hung.|
"Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot - yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root..." Isaiah 11:1
"Once, in the truest story that you have ever heard, His-story, which is really your very own story, there was this family - Jesse's family. A family that was like yours, like a tree with branches of these relatives and those brothers and those sisters - a family that loved each other and hurt each other and forgave each other and failed each other. A family that failed God...
Out of the stump came one tender branch that would grow right into a crown of thorns, right into a rugged cross, right into a ladder..." Ann Voskamp
If you are looking for a fun and meaningful way to get your kids really in love with the true meaning of Christmas, I highly suggest this! Start collecting things this year on clearance - a tree, a wreath, some advent ornaments if you want, and next year, you'll be all set!
My sister Lauryn is doing it this year too with her kids - I forced her to buy the book ;-) And they are loving it too, so at least two positive reviews so far, haha!!
(I have the document of all the passages typed up if anyone wants it, I can email it!)