Last year we started a new tradition for reading a Christmas book a day as a countdown to Christmas. At the end of the season, I tried to store away all the Christmas books; but there were some that the girls liked so much, they found their way into the everyday reading routine throughout the year. One of those books is J is for Jesus by Crystal Bowman. It is a sweet little book that tells the story of the candy cane and the birth of Jesus. It was my hope to make crafts or activities to go along with each of the books we read this year in our Advent books. So, I came up with a simple sticky candy cane craft for our girls (ages 2 and 3) to do.
I love to teach our little ones the real reason we celebrate Christmas. We don’t do Santa (nothing against him, we just don’t focus on that part of Christmas). Instead, we talk about Jesus all season. Last year we started a new family tradition of working on decorating a Jesse Tree.
My husband and I “designed” our tree and cut it out of paper grocery bags. We stuck it up on our sliding glass door that leads to the back yard. This year we are planning on doing something a little bit different – using a tree from the store. We will likely learn new things each season that will inform our decisions for the next year. Each year, we will probably change-up the tree a little bit for variety. I was thinking it would be great to find a long branch to hang the ornaments from in a future year.