A few years ago a friend sent me an advent devotional guide called, "The Advent Jesse Tree". It's a great little book and is becoming one of our favorite Christmas traditions. There is a devotion for each day of advent (one written for children and one for adults) and each has a corresponding symbol with directions for making it into an ornament to hang on the tree. Basically it tells the story of God's redemptive plan for the world using symbols beginning with creation and going all the way through Christ. At the beginning of the season, I wrap up each different ornament (some are homemade some are not) and put it under the tree with that days number on the wrapping. We unwrap each and hang it on the tree after reading the story. Some examples of the ornaments: a globe representing creation, an apple with a snake representing the fall (we used a play food apple with a playdough snake), Noah's ark, Jacob's ladder, Joseph's coat of many colors etc.
Here's a picture of the ornaments wrapped under the tree. Some of the homemade ones need to be updated a little bit, but you get the idea. It's been a great way to talk through the entire story of scripture with the girls.
I am blessed beyond measure with a wonderful husband, Jason, and four beautiful daughters, Abbey, Maddie, Naomi and Anabelle. We are living our dream of living and working cross-culturally in the Middle East. Life is an adventure and never dull. As a child of the Eternal King of Kings, held together in the palm of His loving hand, I am a work in progress, thankful to share my journey with anyone who wants to listen.