My mom and my aunt made a Jesse Tree for our family, and it came in the mail yesterday! I carefully hung it on our dust mop handle and balanced it on some moldings. Then Squeaky and I decorated it with the felt ornaments.
Each day in December one of the ornaments is replaced with a felt symbol of a Bible story or principle. The story starts with creation and the fall of man and goes through the Bible tracing God's redemptive plan. The last few days before Christmas Day reveal Christ's death, resurrection and ascension.
I had to make up for days 1-4 and also include day 5 since we received the tree only yesterday. I quickly summarized the verses for Squeaky, who was clearly distracted by the felt decorations. She helped to put up the world, moon, fish, and man symbols. I explained to her about God creating these things. Day 5 is the story of Adam and Eve sinning, and the symbol is a snake.
I wasn't really sure how much she comprehended until we reviewed it for Daddy this morning. This was our conversation:
Me: "Squeaky, tell Daddy about the stories on the tree. What did God make?" I pointed at each symbol.
L: "World. Moon. A fish. A people. And a SNAKE!"
Me: "Yes, God did make snakes. But do you remember the story about Adam and Eve? What did they do? Adam and Eve listened to Satan and ......."
Me: "They sinned, Squeaky."
L: (leaning forward in earnest) "They not obeyed!" ...pause... "God sad."
Me: "Right. They disobeyed and God was sad. And you and I have sinned too, because we disobey! But then what happened... God knew we needed help and sent...."
L: "JESUS!!!! JESUS!!!!" "Yaaaaaaaay Jesus!!! Yaaaaaaay Jesus!!!! Happy Birthday, Jesus!!!" She took off and ran around and around the living room in jubilation.