For the five weekends in December, I thought I would share 3 things we love. I will simply be sharing 3 things we are enjoying this Christmas season. I hope you enjoy them. To start off today, I’m sharing a movie, a book, and a tradition we love.
The Nativity Story is one of our favorite Christmas movies. It has become a tradition to watch it at least once during the Christmas season, but sometimes we watch it a couple of times. This year my brother and sister-in-law gave it to us so we now own a copy and don’t have to rent it! Yay!
I especially love how it depicts both Mary and Joseph. It really could not have been easy to be the parents of God incarnate. The movie shows the ridicule that they must have faced from friends. I also loved how positively they portrayed Joseph. Many times Joseph is the character in the Christmas story that gets overlooked, but he must have been a remarkable man.
Obviously, no rendition of Christ’s birth is going to be perfect because we don’t exactly know all of the details that took place, but this one is very well done.
Too many to count, but we’ll stick with one today. Snowmen at Christmas is a cute book for Christmas. The hidden things to find on each page make the book fun to look at over and over. And since we pack this away with our Christmas stuff we forget where everything is so it’s like new each year. The pictures are beautiful.
We love doing the Jesse Tree tradition. This has become one of our favorite parts of the Christmas season. The Jesse Tree idea comes from the passage in Isaiah that refers to Jesus the Messiah being the “stump of Jesse.” I will share more about this tradition with more pictures later.
Each night leading up to Christmas we read a passage or story and put an ornament with a corresponding symbol or picture on our Jesse Tree. You can just use a branch for the tree. Starting at creation and walking through the Old Testament we see the redemptive history in the Bible. This has given so much more meaning to celebrating the birth of Christ, and we all look forward to Christmas day when we read that Jesus has come.
I made my ornaments from this kit, but I got them free and now they are $10. f you are interested in starting this tradition you can find free printable ornaments here. Etsy has some beautiful ornaments that I’m dreaming about eventually getting since this is so much a part of our celebration. And don’t worry if you are starting late. Last year we didn’t get started until December 4th and we just doubled up a few days until we were on track.
What things are you enjoying this season?