Celtic Mom tagged me. I am to post a picture of our tree. Here's our little beauty. Most of the ornaments were made by little hands. The tree was decorated by little hands, too. I don't attempt to make it perfect, just child-friendly. One year, I introduced white lights. The protests were so loud, I haven't attempted it again. Let there be colored lights!
(Update: Oops! If I'm 'It' I guess I should tag someone. I will tag any commentors who would like to participate. Let us all know, if you do, so we can pop on over and visit.)
Every night this month DH is reading a few verses each night about the Great Redemption Story beginning with the first Adam and ending with the last Adam- Jesus, the Messiah. The children add an ornament on the Christmas tree each night which symbolizes the people and events in the Redemption Story of Mankind. I am not sure why people place the events on a separate Jesse tree rather than the Christmas tree, itself. I prefer to decorate our tree with symbolic decorations that glorify God. We still have gingerbread men and snowmen on the tree, but it is mostly decorated with ornaments that symbolize the coming of the Messiah. Here is a link explaining the Jesse tree and free templates are also provided which you can download for quick ornaments or just to get ideas in case you wish to make fancy, long lasting ones.
This year, as usual, we will celebrate the birth of the Messiah with just a few believers. Christmas trees are not part of Islamic culture. Those that do have them, put them up to celebrate the New Year. This is a land where there is no Christmas.