Cross-posted with Family in Feast and Feria
I really wanted to introduce the Jesse Tree this year. My perfectionist tendency didn't want to do this until I decided on the names and symbols and had just the right ornaments. But then I decided that I can always change or add along the years. Every Advent is different!
So I purchased wood ornament cut-outs that I thought I would paint or glue images. And time was running out...it looked like this would be another Advent of indecisiveness and no Jesse Tree.
In the meantime, Michele posted the perfect Jesse Tree images that she created. They were just made to order -- almost like I told her what I wanted (but I hadn't!). Since the first images of the Jesse Tree were found in stained glass windows, I find these images just a perfect connection. Plus, she included the O Antiphons, which is the approach I prefer.
At first I was just going to print and glue the images onto the circles, but after Michele also suggested that epoxy round stickers might enhance the image, I thought I'd try that.
I printed the Jesse Tree file on glossy paper with a color laser printer, applied the epoxy sticker over the middle of the image, and then cut around the circle leaving the excess. Then using quick-drying tacky glue I glued the circles onto the ornament. I decided to make them two-sided, so that the same image is on both the front and back. I used gold filament thread to hang them.
We're not doing any elaborate readings or discussions. As we hang them we just talk about them. To supplement with images and further information, we are using Bible Stories.