Several years ago we received a special Christmas present from Tim's Aunt and Uncle in Oregon, a Waiting Tree. Since then, we have used the Waiting Tree (also known as the Jesse Tree) to celebrate Advent. Each day there is a scripture reading, reflection and song. We start in Genesis with creation on December 1 and continue through to December 25 to the birth of Christ. We take turns doing the reading and then putting the corresponding felt figure on the felt tree that is hung on the wall. Then we all sing a Christmas Song together, and finish off with the kids opening up the next window in their chocolate advent calendars. It's a special time when we as a family can look forward to Christ's birth with eager anticipation.