So, hurried along by Christmas TV adverts and winter fairs in November, December, and with it Advent, has arrived. The anticipation of this season fills me with excitement and nervousness. Every year, I wonder if all will be ready and proceed smoothly on the Big Day. This year, preparations are complicated by the challenge of transporting and cooking a meal in a tiny oven with only two shelves at my son’s house two hundred miles away.
In order not to become overwhelmed by minutiae of Christmas preparation and to keep our eyes on ‘the Reason for the Season’, we have some personalised family traditions throughout December. The first is a reusable Advent Calendar, filled each year with chocolates and Bible verses (homemade from old Christmas cards). The second, more recent addition, is a Jesse Tree, which is gradually hung with ornaments referencing Jesus’ heritage as we get closer to the 25th.
We ordered our ornaments from www.biblelands.co.uk and they came with a book of devotions for each day and symbol. But this year, I thought I’d set myself the extra challenge of writing my own reflection for each day of Advent based on the appropriate Jesse Tree symbol If you’d like know what they are or to do something similar yourself (feel free to post your reflection or a link in the Comments), here’s the list:
I don’t know if I can rise to this challenge successfully. As you can see, I’m already late with the first one. But I’m going to try. Your prayers would be appreciated.