I absolutely ADORE this idea from Andrea over at Babe of My Heart! Please click here for her full post including all of the details surrounding The Lent Tree.
I am splitting the gathering of all of the 41 “ornaments” with a close friend. We are simply each going to find as many of the items as we can and will buy two of each. (We’ll keep in contact as we find these treasures so that we don’t duplicate purchases). Then, we will we are meeting up this weekend to divide up our treasures and organize them by day. We will start creating our Lent trees with our families on the first day of Lent, February 22nd.
Andrea created five documents that make this such an easy project to recreate in your own family. Stop by her blog to download and print!
Here is what she says about this beautiful tradition:
For those of you wanting to join me in creating a Lent tradition, I have created 5 word documents for you to download and print so that you can walk your children through Lent growing in the knowledge and understanding of God and the Passion of Christ. This activity requires you to find 41 treasures for the 40 days of Lent (a few after to celebrate the resurrections!). EACH day you will have a scripture reading and an ornament that accompanies it. PRIOR to beginning this journey–you will need to go on a mommy scavenger hunt all over town (dollar stores, craft stores, etc) to locate an item for each day. This will be not only an amazing journey for your children BUT ALSO FOR YOU!
I’m also super excited about the bonus benefit… I’m able to put my ornament tree to good use again! I loved having this on the table in the kitchen during the Christmas season. It just makes me smile.