Yes, it's true--I'm one of those annoying people that starts thinking about and planning for Christmas in August. And I shall now subject you to my madness. (With good reason, though, because this little idea will actually take quite a while to pull together, if you're so inclined).
Last year I put together a Jesse Tree for our families. If you aren't familiar with this well-loved holiday tradition, you can read more about it here. To summarize, we put a two-foot tree on a table in our living room, and beginning on December 1, we get out an ornament each day. The first ornament represents creation, and we read a little devotional on creation. Then each devotional takes us through the Old Testament, showing how it all pointed to Christ, until Christmas Eve, when we finish by placing the star on the top of the tree. Really, it's a lovely tradition that has taught us all a great deal.
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