A Jesse Tree....
First, and for most, I would like to thank all of you who have left comments here. I deeply appreciate all of your comments and I don't want you to think I've been a bad blogger. The truth of the matter is that my husband has been sick for over a week. In between the decorating, shopping, baking, and etc, I have been busy taking care of him. He is finally on the mend but now I'm not feeling well myself. As you can imagine this is not a good time of the year to be sick. Not that any time of the year is good but this month is especially hectic for everyone.
I have so many posts I wanted to share with you but now it seems I'm not going to be able to do it.
I did want to write something here about Elizabeth Edwards. I have always admired her courage, intellect, determination, class, and integrity. To lose a child has to be one of the most devastating experience in life. Then to have to take on the battle of your life, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and face the public humiliation of your husbands affair is just inconceivable to me. Elizabeth could have easily given up so many times but instead she used all of these negative experiences to reach out and help others. She was an inspiration to us all! My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to her children. Elizabeth Edwards may you rest in peace. You were a truly remarkable woman....
I have been wanting to make a Jesse Tree for sometime now. I have been looking around the Internet to find some down loads to use but I didn't really find any that I liked. That was until I found these downloads at http://www.catholicartworks.com/catechist/the_jesse_tree.htm
I was referred to this site by another great site I recently found called Catholic Icing http://catholicicing.blogspot.com/ It is a blog with many wonderful holidays ideas. I hope you will stop by for a visit some time.
I like these downloads because they are large and you are given two choices as to how to use them. One of the down loads gives you a picture with the name of the person, or persons, and the other one gives a little blip about who they were, or why they were significant. I also like them because they are very colorful. I decided to down load both sheets on to card stock paper and then laminate them together so I can use either side. I lamented these a month ago and set them aside not really sure how I would use them. Then, when my hubby got down our Christmas tree, he decided to go through some things in our attic and found an old Christmas tree we had long forgotten about. It was perfect to use as my Jesse Tree!
I have always like the biblical story 'Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors' so I used it as my inspiration. I punched holes in each of the down loads and tied them with a different colored ribbon thus turning them each into an ornament. I used colored lights and stars on the tree as fillers. I also tied different colors of ribbon together and used it as garland.
My Jesse Tree is very simply done but I think it's beautiful! Traditions can be old but sometimes they can also be new. My Jesse Tree is a new tradition, that God willing, I plan to use year after year.
With my hubby so sick, and now me not feeling well, Charli has been left to her own devices. She has not been happy about it at all and has been getting into so much trouble! I keep telling her if she isn't good St. Nicholas is not going to leave her anything on Christmas Eve. She just looks at me as if to say "ha!" Then she goes about her merry way.
It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost here!
I hope all of you are doing well and are having a wonderful week ♥
With warmest regards, Carol.