If you read my blog for very long, you'll find that there are two things that I love the most: special breads with special shapes for holidays and the Jesse Tree. I get so excited about them!
Last year, there were several things I wanted to do to get my Jesse Tree more organized. I tried sewing several variation of ornament organizers -they were a lot of work, but didn't work out in the end. Also, our readings are printed out in a folder that was ugly and falling apart, and we were missing some ornaments... So this year, I've gotten it all organized - not quite so handmade, but neat and tidy and that makes me happy.
1. I bought an ornament storage box from Lowes. This year we have two sets of ornaments, so I wanted a way to organize the ornaments by day - and easily see if we're missing something. This box has 48 compartments, so I put two days in the first four compartments to make room for 52. I wrote the numbers in the compartments with a gold pen. We'll keep the box under the tree (once we have a tree!).
We keep the book in a basket in the living room with our other read alouds and nativity books, and my Old Testament timeline in a plastic sleeve. We try to read at night during dinner, but don't sweat it if we get behind. I'm so grateful for all of the people who organized the Jesse Tree and readings in the first place!
3. I made an easy 40 day Advent calendar printable. While I LOVE the Jesse Tree, it doesn't provide a visual way to see how far you've come/have left to go - and you can't find commercial calendars with 40 days. In the past, we've made a paper chain with 40 links, and moved a star on the links to see our progress - but that's a lot of work. So this year I made a simple little printable instead. We put it on the fridge, and I thought we could draw the ornament symbol or X each day. Grab the PNG below to print.
These organizers aren't necessary, of course, but now they're done - they make my fast a bit simpler and prettier - and maybe they'll make next year easier, too. So hopefully I can continue to move through the fast a bit more quietly now.
Wishing you a good fast!