Author Theresa Seidlitz

Countdown to Christmas
By Theresa Seidlitz
Edited by Marguerite Hartill
Illustrated by Katia Lara
Published by Seiditz Education
61 Pages Paper back

Back Cover: During the weeks before Christmas, Christian families prepare to remember the birth of Jesus. As they do, family traditions fall into place, and children get very excited about the celebration to come. Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of the Jesse Tree Tradition allows your family to take time to know the people in the Bible and to see their connection to Jesus. To begin the tradition, set up a small 2' - 3' high tree in your home and read one story every night in the days before Christmas. After each story, hang an ornament to remember the biblical figures, starting with Adam and Eve and ending with Jesus. Night by night, children learn that Jesus had a family just like they do. This beautifully illustrated book will help you establish a cherished holiday tradition with your own family. Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of the Jesse Tree Tradition includes a complete set of Jesse Tree ornaments on heavy card stock paper. Each ornament features a color illustration to match individual stories in the book. Punch out the corresponding ornament after you read each story, add a ribbon or string, and hang it on a small Christmas tree.

REVIEW: Word from the Editor Marguerite about this book, “Children learn that Jesus had a family just like they do. They learn that, with God, families grow confident and strong.”

The author says, “The Jesse Tree is a small Christmas tree with paper ornaments on it. Each ornament has a picture of a different person from the bible…The Jesse Tree represents Jesus Family tree.”

The editor goes on to say, “The ancestors of Jesus Christ believed in God and told God’s plan of salvation for mankind. In the bible the Jesse tree was cut down, and the children of Israel went into exile. But life did not end. Instead, it grew strong, and it bore much fruit. This is the story of the Jesse Tree.” This reminded me of The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas book by Ann Voscamp. She goes through the lineage of Jesus that blew me away. I have been looking for something I could do with my grandchildren so they can experience something similar. Countdown to Christmas is a beautiful paperback book with cut out ornaments in the back. A hole has already be made so a string can be put through it and hung on a tree.
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Each day has an animated color picture representing the story being told that includes a corresponding Christmas ornament and a scripture reference. This is a great family tradition I can’t wait to share with my grandchildren. What a great way to share Jesus family by doing it as a family as they countdown to the day when we celebrate Christ’s birth. I highly recommend this book. 

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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