An Advent Calendar often offers the child a little gift each day until Christmas. Commercially this is a countdown to Santa Claus visiting and bringing toys. Originally it was intended to help us prepare and look forward to the coming of Christ.
The Elf on the Shelf is a newer concept. An elf from the North Pole arrives at your home to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. However, this Elf himself is not always nice. The child wakes up each morning to find what the Elf has been doing while he/she was sleeping.
The best of all these elements and some Immanuel Quilt photos have been combined to create The Immanuel Tree Christmas Advent. Instead of an Elf who watches to see if you have been naughty or nice and gets into mischief, we have Gabriel the angel, a hand puppet. The tree and the angel will arrive on November 30 with this letter:
“I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.” Luke 1:19
Jesus loves you! His birthday is in 25 days and we need to celebrate how much we love Him! Every morning you can come and find me. I will probably be somewhere praying. I have brought you this Immanuel Tree to decorate. Immanuel is one of the many names of Jesus and it means God with us. Each day I will bring you a note with a suggestion of how you can honor Jesus that day. I will also bring an ornament with scripture to be read that tells how God has always been with us. Place the ornament on the tree to help you count down how many days until Christmas, Jesus birthday.
Tonight place the Immanuel name at the base of the tree. Immanuel means God with us. When Jesus was born it was God coming to us as a baby. Each quilt picture has a name of Jesus it represents on the back side. Put all of these pictures on the tree and each night practice remembering His names.
Before you go to bed don’t forget to thank Jesus and let him know how much you love him. I’ll see you in the morning.
white felt square
cotton scraps of yellow and tan
scrap fabric for angel robe
black, pink, brown embroidery floss
velcro for hands (for praying)
1 24" x 36" Cork Pane (Found at Hobby Lobby)
1 yard of background fabric to cover panel
1 green fabric for tree
1 gold fabric for star
white embroidery thread
40 upholstery nails
- Applique the tree and star onto background fabric.
- With chalk mark spots for 40 nail holes.
- Randomly chalk in numbers 1-25 and hand embroidery.
- Cover the board with background fabric and staple folded edges onto the back side.
- Hammer the upholstery nails into chalk markings, including two nails for the base.
I can not take any credit for the really cute Jesse Tree ornaments. The idea for them came from a Keeping Life Creative blog. You can go here for a digital download of the ornaments for $6.00.
The printables come in two formats–one with square cutting lines around the images to guide you if using a paper cutter or scissors, and the other blank so you can use a large circle punch.I wanted to keep all the ornaments at 2" squares so I chose the one with square cutting lines and had to set my print settings at 65%. Otherwise they print at about a 3" square. This website even has the reading schedule.
I printed the ornaments on Matte Photo Paper. Once printed I cut out the ornaments.
Immanuel Quilt Ornaments
Some photos of blocks from the Immanuel Quilt were printed on 2" squares as additional ornaments.
The back side of each Jesse Tree Ornament has the daily Scripture Reference listed and what the story will be about. (Ex. Creation - Genesis 1:2) The back side of the Immanuel Quilt block pictures list the name the block represents and the scripture reference. (Ex. Top left represents His name, King of Kings - Revelation 19:16)
Once the labels were printed I applied them to the back of the appropriate ornament and trimmed the excess off each side. I used a hole punch on the center of each one.
Macy is all ready in training to tell the story of the quilt. I hope the Immanuel Tree will teach her early about who Jesus is and what he has done for us.
Enjoy trying to make your own Immanuel Tree.