This advent season we decided to give Jesse Tree a try and it was success!
Why only this year?
Since I’ve seen our fellow homeschooling family using this Catholic way of decorating and giving the festive Christmas tree a deeper meaning and biblical origin, I’ve been taking it into consideration but, I’m quite hesitant because we don’t have a Christmas tree to start with and neither a storage for the tree or the ornaments for the next 11 months. Also, we’ve been spending Christmas in a hotel in Metro Manila since 2010 (refer to my updated post) so we do zero decorations during this festive season and we’re OK with that… trying hard minimalist here remember?! 😉
But since we really wanted to do a family-focused activity for this season – something that we can do together as family, a great supplement to our daily lessons, a good support to our minimalist lifestyle and most importantly a way to enrich our faith and devotion – we looked for a way to put Jesse Tree the most minimalist way we can.
After so much deliberation and numerous considerations made (especially on the storage part), we decided to buy a vinyl sticker tree (Php300 or 6.5 USD) from my cousin’s fiancee and give our blank wall some color. My boys enjoyed decorating our blank wall, while I downloaded, printed, laminated, cut and put some double-sided tape on the Jesse Tree Ornaments from ErieRcd.Org and we used the scripture guide from Loyola Press.
Since, my cousin and her fiancee are quite busy with their wedding preps, our vinyl tree was delivered a bit late so we decided to put two ornaments per day instead of one – so we can catch up – and we aimed to put up all the ornaments by December 23 – so we can spend our Christmas the usual way – and still finish our Jesse Tree.
We love putting up and completing our Jesse Tree and we love the fact all the ornaments can fit in an envelope and can be used again next year. As for the vinyl tree, we’ll keep it there to add color to our rather boring wall.
Want to try Jesse Tree as well?