The Jesse Tree has its roots in medieval art which showed the lineage of Christ represented as a tree (Isaiah 11:1: "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.") A tradition developed where ornaments representing key stories in scripture tell the story of God's love from Creation to the Birth of Christ.
The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotions for Children and Adults
by Dean Meador Lambert
I was so excited when I discovered Jesse Trees (late) last Christmas, that I immediately purchased this book. There are numerous books out there, but I'm really pleased with the selection of stories in this one. Each day gives the symbol, a memory verse, suggested songs, scripture references, and two devotionals: one for children and one for adults. The kids devotionals are well-written and easy to adapt to the needs of your own kids.
This book does not give patterns for making each ornament - you are left to your own devices. If you need inspiration, just head on over to Google images and see what others have done. Some families create an ornament a day, while I've also heard of women doing ornament swaps. Each mom is responsible for one or two ornaments and makes as many as there are women participating. When they are all done, everyone has a complete set. Of course, you can always purchase kits online.
Unfortunately, I don't have time this year to create a Jesse tree. So I was thrilled when a woman at our church hosted a seminar on making an Advent Tree.
This is very similar to the Jesse Tree, but instead of moving through the Bible, you focus on different aspects of Christ and the Christmas story.
Each "ornament" attaches to the tree banner with velcro and includes a scripture passage and an accompanying devotional.
Shary adapted her Advent Tree from the book:
by Ann Hibbard
So there you have it... what I am doing this year and would like to do next year in way of meaningful advent traditions. Your turn! What is your family doing to mark the days until Christmas?
I'm linking up to:
- Wonder Mom's Bible Alive! Tuesday