Getting Ready for Christmas

If you’re looking for something fun and meaningful to do with your kids for Advent, you might enjoy doing a Jesse Tree.  I put up a separate site several years ago with ideas for how to do this with different ages of kids.  In case you haven’t heard of it, the Jesse Tree is a way to do family devotions in Advent by giving kids a day-by-day overview of how God prepared the world for Jesus’ birth.  I’ve seen other sites that give crafty instructions for making Jesse Tree ornaments, but ours are a mix of regular ornaments and a few handmade ones.  If you’re short on time you might want to skim the list to see what ornaments you already have that would fit the bill.

This would be a good time to purchase or hit the library for Christmas books.  I reviewed twenty of our favorite Christmas books and may do an update later this month if we find any other good ones this year.  If you’re looking for a good chapter book or read-aloud that fits in with the season, I recommend The Family Under the Bridge (link is to my review).  If you know of any other Christmas chapter books, PLEASE let me know in the comments!

What activities do you plan to do, or books do you plan to read with your kids this Christmas season?

4 thoughts on “Getting Ready for Christmas

  1. A read-aloud book that we’re excited to read this year is “The Story of Holly & Ivy” by Rumer Godden. It was recommended by Jim Trealase in his book “The Read-Aloud Handbook” as a good holiday read-aloud.
    Right now our girls are enjoying “The Family Under the Bridge”, so thanks for your review!

  2. Great idea. I’ve considered it several times. We are doing “Truth in the Tinsel” this year and reading a book by The Familyman Ministries called “Cootie McKay’s Nativity” which is great so far.

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