The Advent season starts today, Friday, December 1st and this year we have ornaments for our Jesse tree!
If you haven’t heard of the Advent Jesse Tree, it is a devotional book you and your family can read together each day during the Advent calendar.We started this tradition last year with our girls and they loved it!
When a good friend of mine invited me to her Jesse Tree ornament exchange party, I was so excited! She also hosts the best parties and her home is gorgeous too!
There are 25 days in the Advent calendar and each day tells a special story leading up to Jesus’s birth. We all love this part because every day we snuggle up and read the daily devotion, pray together as a family and celebrate our Savior’s birthday. And this year we have all 25 ornaments to go along with each day, yay!
For the exchange, each person got to pick a day. I went big and chose Day 25, Jesus in a manger! Actually, I don’t know about you but when it comes to crafts, I like to choose materials I already have. So, baby Jesus it was!
Upon arrival we each had a spot to arrange our 25 ornaments. There was something like 50 ladies at the party so we had two rounds. Basically, we doubled the exchange and it was fabulous! After admiring everyone’s handy work and talent, we got to go around and collect our ornaments to take home. Just take a look, aren’t these so beautiful?
I had so much fun making these and they were so simple to make too. Hopefully, the step-by-step pictures I took myself are helpful, lol!
Jesus in a manger, Day-25 DIY
Estimated time to make: Roughly an 11/2hrs.
Materials you will need:
Hot glue gun
Twine or string
Wooden doll heads
Step 1: Mark about 2” X 2” squares on you’re felt, I eyeballed the measurement. Make 25.
Step 2: Cut out your squares.
Step 3: Start making your swaddles! I added less than a cotton ball size onto each square, then swaddled and glued together. Make all 25 like this.
Step 4: Make little faces on your doll heads, use a black Sharpie to make faces.
Step 5: Glue doll heads in place like shown and add another dot of glue to the back of the head to secure.
Step 6: Wrap each one with twine, found mine at Dollar Tree!
Step 7: Glue an ornament hook to the back of each one and voila, you’re done!
Wow, where has this year gone? I am freaking out Christmas is just a month away now!
This is my favorite time of year though. How about you?
When it comes to buying gifts for Christmas or any occasion, I am all about less is more. We all love giving and receiving and opening presents but we don’t put a huge emphasis on buying lots of gifts for Christmas.
Instead, we make wishlists and buy a few things from each list. My hubby and I don’t always buy for one another. However, he always seems to break this rule! Definitely not gonna complain lol!
The girls have lots of nice things and with three girls now, there is a lot of cross play and hand-me-downs. If they have big items on their lists, we often pick one or two big gifts to get them for Christmas. Anything left over we usually get for birthdays. Last year, Clara had an iPod and headphones on her list and Luci had a keyboard piano on hers. These were both big gifts and they still love them almost a year later.
Plus, this year we rented a cabin in Northern Arizona so this is a huge gift in itself! Looking forward to lots of family time, hopefully playing in the snow and long walks in the pines. Making memories is my favorite gift of all!
Another big thing in our home and something we all strive to keep number one in our lives is Jesus. We do believe He is the reason for the season and we have formed so many fun traditions during the Advent season.
Our Christmas family wishlist is a combination of items we already own and love along with some of the girls wish list too! Hope you enjoy and let me know what you are wishing for this year.
Ok, I woke up today and it finally felt like Fall! Yes, Yahoo! I love how the rain here in Phoenix almost always cools down our weather. Thanksgiving is just days away now and so is Black Friday, I have to insert a BIG gulp here. Something about large crowds and crazy drivers, yikes! I have never gone out on Black Friday and I’m good with that! I prefer to check out deals online rather than join the crowds in the stores.
Here in the Flower casa we don’t put a lot of emphasis on gifts during the holiday season. I mean we all love gifts around here especially my two cutie pie, little girls. Kevin and I just like to take a simple approach to buying gifts for each other ad for our family. However, I will say he normally breaks our rule and will buy me something really special anyway! He is already bugging me about my birthday, I really can’t complain can I and I won’t.
Gifts are amazing, I’m not going to deny that, but when it comes to the Christmas holiday especially, the emphasis is on Jesus. I want my girls to enjoy every minute of tearing through colorfully wrapped Christmas packages just like I did as a kid, but I don’t want them to think that’s all there is. We all have so much already and I love that our girls have a pretty good understanding even at their tender ages.
One of the ways we try to keep things simple when it comes to buying gifts is thinking of things we can all enjoy together as a family. I made a list of some of our favorite things below.