Jen who came to speak about traditions. She was specifically speaking about the importance of traditions in the family year round but she also mentioned several of her family's Christmas and Holiday traditions.
Thankfully she also shared that Ann Voskamp has free Jesse Tree printables on her blog. If you haven't heard of Ann Voskamp, she is a fabulous author and her most recent book "One Thousand Gifts" climbed to the top of the charts. You can find her blog/website here. Once you subscribe to the blog, you can get access to the free printables for the Jesse Tree. The printables include picture cut outs that you can use as ornaments and also devotions and scripture to go with each day. I cut out the ornaments and attached them to some scrapbook paper and added a ribbon to hang them on the tree. Most people use a separate small tree for their Jesse Tree but due to it being last minute and not entirely in the budget, we're just adding the ornaments to our regular Christmas tree. It really works out for us too considering I limited the ornaments on our tree this year since the ones we have are glass and I didn't want them in tiny hands.
A special thank you to Jen for sharing about the Jesse Tree and also to Ann Voskamp for the awesome devotions and printables!
Lastly for this season, just for Daniel and I-- our yearly tradition is a candy advent calendar. This calendar I got at Starbucks a few years ago and I buy candy to refill the drawers each year.