A few years ago, a friend asked me to join her and 23 other ladies in an ornament exchange intended to prepare our families to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We used the book The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults to Prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas as a guide.
Following her lead, I decided to host my own group of ladies this year. I invited ladies from many different circles: neighborhood, church, school, etc. We had our first meeting about a month ago and shared a lovely lunch and conversation. Each lady left with an assignment to make 25 ornaments which symbolize some part of the Christian faith history. Some examples are: apple with a snake, sheath of wheat, slingshot, coat of many colors and others. From the pictures above, you can see that I am the sheep with a shepherd's staff.
We meet again tomorrow to share our ornaments and exchange. Each participant will go home with the devotional book and 25 different, wrapped ornaments to open for each day in December.
My hope is that the ladies and their families will be blessed in many ways by setting aside time each day to go to God's word and focus on Him and his truth during the hectic Christmas season. May they be reminded of the realities of God's grace and love for us.
I challenged them to host their own group next year with 25 of their friends. Maybe you would like to host one as well!