So it’s December 2nd and the season is upon us indeed. My once upon a time plan to take the girls to umpteen local events, visit friends and family I haven’t seen in awhile, host a cookie exchange, and drive through Santa’s Wonderland along with the usual Christmas activities are quickly becoming a “see what I can squeeze in amidst decorating, shopping, service projects, and church programs” sort of plan.
Not exactly how I envisioned it but I’m taking it in stride and refusing to become stressed and just roll with it baby! Which brings me to the “I’m dreaming of a Pinterest Planned Christmas” situation. I “planned” on making a hodge podge of beautiful ornaments I found on Pinterest for our Jess Tree and, well, here we are 2 days into the month and we JUST sat down to read scriptures and make our first AND second ornaments for our tree. Wait, tree, I don’t have a tree! Well, I have LOTS of trees but not a Jesse Tree TREE!
The Jesse Tree displays ornaments representing Bible stories leading up to Jesus’ birth. I found an overwhelming amount of ideas on Pinterest and one I liked was from www.figtreefreedom.blogspot.com.
After debating whether or not I should brave the store with three girls in tow in between three activities and several errands, I decided to use the time I had at home to make ornaments out of what we had accessible. So we did just that! Construction paper, crayons, scissors, glue and yarn. Perfect! Works every time! We cut out a globe for Creation and a tree for Adam & Eve. For the Jesse Tree, we found branches and put them in a recycled pickle jar.
And that’s the story of how my Perfectly Planned Pinterest Project turned Ruggedly Realistic. You know, humble reminder that our best laid plans don’t always turn out quite the way we hoped. Also reminds me that it’s the simple things that sometimes have the greatest impact. If I would’ve stressed about having certain ornaments I wouldn’t have gotten around to doing the Jesse tree yet and lost that window of opportunity today.
I encourage you to SOMETHING with your children (no matter how simple or short) and try the Jesse Tree even if you haven’t started it yet or ever heard of it. Start by reading Genesis 1:1 and then make ornaments and a tree when you get to it. The important part is reading the Bible and stopping for a bit to remember what the season is all about.
Oh, and it goes without saying that Pinterest has a TON of ideas! HA!
Just go with and Wake your Inner Wonder Woman!