For the last three years, our family has observed Advent with both a wreath and Jesse Tree ornaments. The ritual has woven beautifully into our Christmas season and has been a tangible way for our daughter to grasp the narrative of the story from Creation to the birth of Christ. After some conversations about how we might be more intentional in our celebration of Easter, we’re incorporating the idea for this season as well.
Several years ago, I read No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-Centered Homemaking by Carol Brazo. (I can’t recommend this book enough!) She explains how her family began the practice of celebrating Easter with a Lent Tree. The book was one I borrowed from the library but I discovered that Andrea’s family has used the same resource and she was kind enough to post a list of the daily readings and suggested corresponding symbols. (Click over to her post for the daily readings.) Her family has gathered objects for the ornaments – something we might try once our children are a little older – but since our five-year old is into coloring these days, I opted for simplicity. I’m sketching ornaments for each day to cut out and color. They could be hung on a Lent Tree (dried branches or twigs) or strung on a garland. I am behind on getting these scanned and formatted properly, so I’m playing a bit of catch-up but we’d love to share them with you. The first sixteen days are ready to print. I’ll be adding the others as we go along. We’ll be doing more than one a day for a day or two to catch up. It’s not too late to begin! To print your own, simply right-click on each page below. Print each page as an 8×10 or smaller for best print quality. You can copy and paste them into a Word document, resize each image/page to 8×10, and print them all at once if that’s easier. Hope you enjoy!