Are you ready to be moved? To be transported by my husband’s lilting, flowing poetry, to a place you never knew existed?
As I was sitting down to write this post, Andy offered to write it for me. This is how he started the post:
The thing about Christmas is, you’re sitting there and it’s looking in your eyes and you’re looking back at it, and you feel like you’re the only one in the world and the only thing that matters is the love that you shared. All you can do is just reach out and grab it by the balls. The Christmas balls.
I’ll leave you alone for a moment to collect your emotions.
That was all he had to say to you, so I decided I’d take over from here. Not that I have any idea how to follow that. Or how it even relates to the little split-log advent tree we created over the weekend.
So I’m just going to dive into telling you about the tree! It’s the only way.
We just whipped it up in an afternoon from some spare firewood to use for our new little family advent tradition, which I’ll tell you about in a sec. But first check this guy out! He has 24 little ornament hooks – one for each day of advent.
And, oh yeah, an actual working lightbulb coming from the top. I like the little bulb situation.
My family never did anything for advent when I was a kid, so I actually didn’t even know what it was until a couple years ago. I love the idea of doing something every day starting on December 1 to be thinking about and preparing for Christmas, so we started our own little advent family tradition last year.
We’re doing a Jesse Tree, which was also new to me but I love it. Every day of December, you read a short section of the Bible that weaves the back story to Jesus’ birth, showing how His birth was foretold and then came to be, and the kiddos get to put up an ornament symbolizing that story onto a tree of some kind. Last year we just used this packet, which has everything you need to do a Jesse tree for advent. We printed out the ornaments onto plain computer paper and let Weston tape them onto a giant paper tree.
It was clearly time to step up our game.
We laid out these logs on the driveway til we found an arrangement we liked, then Andy cut the ends at an angle with the miter saw, and we just screwed a scrap board into the back to hold them together. Quick and easy!
If you want to build one of these, you could add a lightbulb in the top like we did, or you could drill a hole and plant something in it – I think that’d be pretty sweet – or you could drill a deep hole and stick a pocket-sized flashlight in it. Or just top it with a pretty little ribbon or leave it as-is!
If you want to use a bulb, here’s what you’ll need:
Materials for the bulb:
- LED bulb (Make sure you use LED so it doesn’t get hot like an incandescent bulb would.)
- Lamp kit. This one is perfect. (affiliate link) We didn’t use a kit because we had random lamp parts on hand, but this kit will make it quick and easy for you.
- Epoxy glue
Drill a hole in the top log with a 1.5″ bit, then cover the socket in epoxy glue and stick it in the hole. We used epoxy glue and hot glue. The hot glue just gooed around the socket to hold it in place while the epoxy glue dried. We were worried that hot glue alone might melt when the bulb was lit, so we used both.
If you want, you can screw some scrap wood on the back so the bulb doesn’t lean against the wall.
That’s all there is to it!
You can screw some eyehooks into the logs if you want to hang ornaments on it.
And now we’re all set for advent to start in just a couple weeks, when we’ll also begin grabbing Christmas by the (ornament) balls.
Are you constantly amazed at how weird this family is? (Me too, guys. Me too.) Do you do anything for advent? What projects did you knock out this weekend?