So, it’s time to set up the tree, have some hot cocoa and sing Christmas Carols. This was a tree from a past Christmas at our house. Most of you who put up paper Thankful trees may have pulled them down but I am leaving mine up and hopefully will still be adding to it throughout December! (My kids suggested putting the things we are thankful for on our annual snowflakes we hang from the ceiling. We shall see.)
Thanksgiving came and went and I was blessed to have extended family STILL COME to our house! (All that worry for nothing! Glad I still purposely made myself be thankful even when I felt like giving up! ) It was a nice Thanksgiving. 🙂
The day after I get a really nice text from my sister- in-law saying that her family really liked the thankful tree we had put up this year and the scripture verses that I had placed on the table with paper leaves.
Inspiration! That got my brain a churnin’! 🙂 I love when God starts you up, makes you ponder an idea, inspiration hits and you just go!
So what was going on in this silly little head of mine?
This: Why not do another tree, more pine-shaped, on another wall in my dining room?
That was the start! As I thought more, God just gave more and I am in awe. Sometimes you think there is nothing there, you know?
This tree will bring another virtue that I would like my family to work on: Generosity.
If you have bought Courtney Defeo’s book “In This House We Will Giggle,” then go all the way to the chapter on Generosity, which is maybe the second to last chapter, because generosity so fits the month of December! If you don’t have the book, there is a free give-away near the end of this blog! Again, the Holy Spirit opened my heart through Courtney’s words and through the verses she shared and it just encouraged me even more to move forward with this idea!
Break out the scissors and the glue!
Time to construct!
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” – 1 Timothy 6:18
Instructions For How I Made My Generosity Tree (you can totally spiral off into your own tree-making skills!):
- Cut out a trunk and branches out of black construction paper. (Why not brown, you ask? Well, in my package there is no brown and I can’t keep using white or I’ll run out of that, too. So I realized I could use black to symbolize the world without God and get away with it! lol)
- Take some green construction paper, fold it into fours length-wise, open it back up, and cut out the strips.
- Stack the strips and start cutting out “pine needles.”
- Stick the trunk and branches up on your wall with whatever you feel best to use!
- Write the above scripture and the definition of generosity (below) on pieces of paper to stick near your tree.
- On a couple of pieces of paper write “Our Generosity Tree” and stick that above it(or not. It is totally up to you!)
Generosity- Giving what we have so others feel God’s love (Definition from “In This House, We Will Giggle”)
The pine needles represent acts of generosity. Every time we see a person act generously or we do something to show the love of Christ to another in a generous way, we will glue a pine needle anonymously up on the tree.
(Now, if my kids do it and shout out what they did, then they will miss the point. They need to put one up without someone seeing them because the idea is to honor God and see what He is doing through us and how many ways he can use us, not how great we are ourselves.)
Green means life and, if we keep this up hopefully our whole tree will have tons of needles by Christmas! Each pine needle represents LIFE and CHRIST in a bleak world.
My challenge to the kids will be to fill the tree! Keep our eyes open! Look for ways to be generous! And give.
“One of my goals as a parent is to raise my girls so they yearn to give to others, not just shop for themselves…I pray daily that God will etch generosity in their hearts that even when they have little to give, they are the first to step up.” – Courtney Defeo from “In This House, We Will Giggle”
This beautiful book is such a keepsake! You can check out my review if you have never heard of it! I am so happy God laid it across my path when I have been looking for ideas to encourage and inspire my family in the right direction, but not really knowing HOW. This book is now up for grabs as a Rafflecopter giveaway! Just go and checkout Courtney Defeo’s Facebook page and check out mine. You have six days to win this book!
I will announce the winner next Monday! If you want more information on the book check it out on Amazon at In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life.
Thanks for joining me and lets be agents of God’s love!
Be inspired today!