I got this idea from Ashley at The Creative Place. I googled "Mini Advent Book" and came across her blog, which is amazing! She created this cute Mini Advent Book for her kids, and last night I got started on it myself.
In the process of creating the envelopes for that project, I emailed her last night and she said she is updating the advent book to include the verses from The Jesse Tree. I first heard about The Jesse Tree last year from Ann Voskamp's blog A Holy Experience. However, when I tried to print out the downloadable book, I didn't have enough toner for the 68 pages, and the content seemed way over my 3 and 5 year old's heads, so we didn't end up using it.
Ashley and I were writing about this dilemma and she referred me over to this blog, where the author had simplified the Jesse Tree for younger children. Ashley had a great idea to incorporate the two ideas (the mini advent book & the Jesse Tree), and a new idea was born!
Now I'm working all night to finish the envelopes and stuff them with the Scriptures used from The Jesse Tree blog. Each reading also has a corresponding ornament, so guess where I'm headed tonight? I'm going to be the crazy lady at Joann's at 9:30pm!
In addition to reading the boys a Scripture passage each night and putting a special ornament on the tree, we're also going to continue a tradition we started last year. I have an old Starbucks advent-calendar "tree" that has 25 boxes. When all of the boxes are turned over, it makes a cute picture.
In each of the boxes I put a fun activity that we will do each day during the month of December. My problem is going to be coming up with 25 different activities!! (Enter PINTEREST).
I think those two projects are going to keep me busy for awhile. Thanks to Ashley at The Creative Place and Catherine at Our Jesse Tree for the great ideas!