Jesse Tree Ornaments are used during Advent as a devotional tool. The whole idea of the exchange is that each woman makes ONE kind of ornament, saving everyone from doing each one individually.
First, you'll need to figure out how many dates are in the Advent calendar for your year. (2011 has 29 days of Advent so we will make 29 ornaments.)
After you figure our how many days of Advent there are, you assign each woman an ornament and the devotion that goes with it.
I have been assigned the 13th day, which is wheat. I am going today to buy my supplies to make the ornament. I am so excited! In my mind it is going to be really cute. The devotion that goes along with my ornament is Ruth and Naomi.
Our gathering is going to take place in the evening on the 30th of November. We are going to all bring appetizers or a dessert to share. What a great way to fellowship during this Christmas season.
That evening, I will bring home with me one of each ornament, along with the devotion that goes with it. So not only do I get to share the message of Christmas with all of those ladies, I then get to bring it home to share with my family.
I had never heard of Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange before I received the invitation, but now that I have, I want to plan or participate in one each year. I know that means I will get a new set of ornaments each year, but I will just plan on giving a set away each year. What a great way to spread the news of Jesus!
I will post pictures of my wheat ornaments once they are complete. You can click on the orange link above for more thorough information. It's not too late for you to plan your own Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange.