IN addition to a jesse tree we also put a homemade manger under the jesse tree. every day when we do sacrafices, or doing something good, a piece of straw is put in the manger. The goal is to have a soft place for baby Jesus to sleep. The Baby Jesus is a wooden Clothes pin with a smilie face and white felt wraped around it. I also have a decorated box we pass around the table everynight to pick out a practice to do before dinner the next day. That way everyone has a chance to get at least one piece a day. Some are chores, others are hugs, anything you want..even prayers. We keep the jesse tree up during Christmas and decorate it with some other hand made ornaments for Christmas. That way the family can see their sacrifices helping Jesus all through Christmas.