This is our first year having a Jesus Tree. Yes, we still have our traditional tree in the living room with all the sentimental and family ornaments on it.
But we wanted to have a way to intentionally focus on Christ and the amazing Christmas story.
So what better way than by focusing on the significance of at least 24 names of Jesus leading up to Christmas. Did you know that in the Old and New Testaments, it is possible to find over 100 names and titles for Christ?
This DIY Christmas project cost very little, but it has produced some wonderful dinnertime conversations with the boys.
Here's how we set up the Jesus Tree. Last year after Christmas, I bought 2 packs of glittery snowflake and star ornaments in the clearance section for next to nothing. Then, we gathered branches from the yard and put them in a recycled jar. I used a paper punch to cut out circles and scallops, on which I wrote one name of Jesus with the reference. These names were simply hot glued to the ornaments. I found the Names of Jesus unit study here, with activities to do with the kids if you want. We're just sticking to simply talking about the names, and it's been great. Great for the grown-ups too!
And so if you'd like to try this with your kids at Christmas, don't think you're too late. You can still study a dozen names this year. Or, you're early enough to plan ahead for next year. Check out those clearance aisles for some ornaments you can use. Print off or Pin the Names of Jesus unit. It's been a great DIY advent-type project as we count down the days till Christmas in a more meaningful way.