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Last year my family started the tradition of the Jesse Tree to help keep the focus of Christmas on Christ our Saviour. This year I wanted to create a box and some new ornaments that hopefully will last for a few years.
I wanted to keep the ornaments simple but elegant. Though I will have to draw some of the symbols I have found quite a few stamps that will work.
In case you are wondering what a Jesse Tree is it's an advent tree that takes you on a journey through the Bible starting with creation to the birth of Christ. It's a family tree of sorts showing the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Each night in December we read a passage from the Bible, talk with the kids about the connection it has to Jesus and pray. We then hang an ornament on a tree branch.
If you are looking for more information on the Jesse Tree here are a few sites I've come across.
When we bought our home it came with a flag & pole. The flag was pretty beat up so Frank disposed of it properly by holding a private burning ceremony. Here is a little more information on disposal of the American flag:
The U.S. Flag Code states, "The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferable by burning." After your flag has been burned, the ashes should be buried. If you cannot burn and bury the flag yourself, then there are several organizations that will retire your flag in a proper and respectful ceremony. Among them are:
VFW @ vfw.org American Legion @ legion.org Boy Scouts of America @ scouting.org Girl Scouts of America @ girlscouts.org Marine Corps League @ mcleague.com
Contact one of the organizations above and they will be able to direct you to a local post, troop or location near you.
Though I didn't get picture of the disposal of our flag I did snap a few of the kids helping Frank put a new one up.
Holding the flag is serious business...I love how all three have the same expression.
This one's my favorite...
Admiring the stars and stripes....
Last but not least...this is the second card I created for the Papertrey round 5 swap.