It's an open secret in my household that I'm a wannabe Catholic Pinterest mama who occasionally manages to pull off a cool feast day or seasonal celebration. I'm crafty... but also overwhelmed by all the liturgical awesome when it requires me to be hands-on. So when Advent approaches, I feel equal parts Tin Man and She-Ra; ready for the challenge (bring it!) but really wishing I had someone to keep me put together.
This tendency of mine rankles. I am head over heels in love with the beauty and depth of our Catholic faith and the liturgical rhythm. It hurts when my mess gets in the way of the joy I want to pass on to my kids. The Jesse Tree has been a stumbling block for me in the past as I struggle with the desire to follow through and the reality that I have limits. In spite of all of that, I'm excited to tackle our Jesse Tree adventure this year thanks to a new printable ebook called Our Family's Jesse Tree. I loved what I saw in the preview and jumped at the chance to receive a review copy.
Our Family's Jesse Tree is perfect for me because it rolls with the punches in such a beautiful way... and that's an essential when we hit Advent. It's the season of expectant joy... but also of celebrations, obligations, and the not infrequent aggressive intestinal virus. So... I love this book...
Do you feel like hand embroidering beautiful Jesse Tree ornaments for your handmade Jesse Tree? Our Family's Jesse Tree has got you covered.
Has your family of 9 fallen victim to the flu from Mount Doom smack in the middle of Advent and you've got almost nothing left in your go tank? This book still has you covered.
You choose the amount of time to invest... and you still end up with a Jesse Tree. Win.
The book was born of Jen Frost's desire to bring a little more faith and a little less "commercial" to Advent. She applied her mad skills to the task of designing a fantastic printable eBook that contains the following:
- 25 detailed ornament templates with SIX different options for creating: 1) Mod Podge or laminate the full color images 2) Color your own 3) Construct from paper using templates 4) Construct using craft foam 5) Make felt ornaments with fabric glue 6) Stitch felt ornaments with embroidery floss
- Daily Scripture readings with links to full text
- Daily devotions
- Family-friendly activities inspired by the Scripture
- Instructions on how to create an adorable felt tree for hanging your ornaments
I love the template aspect of these Jesse Tree ornaments. Since I'm pregnant and pretty low energy right now, I'm going to hand over the templates to the kids and let them choose what they'd like to do this year. I'd love to eventually sew reusable ornaments but for now, I expect a sweet mix of colored, cut, and sewn. That's their job.
For my part, I've decided to laminate the template pieces so that they can be reused year after year. They'll also be easy for the littlest fingers to trace. Then when we're ready to hang the ornament each day, I'll be all set with devotions and Scriptures (and maybe something extra if I have the time and energy)... because Jen's already done the work for me.
This book provides me with a beautiful and liturgically rich way to roll with the busy season and still keep our days rooted in Christ. I love the flexibility. I love the possibility. I'll be sharing more pictures via social media as our tree comes together.
After you purchase your copy of Our Family's Jesse Tree, definitely head over to Jen's blog, Faith and Fabric: Crafting and Quilting Through the Liturgical year. She's adorable, faithful, and wildly talented.