Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Jesse Tree

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I've been waiting all year to try this with our family! We will do our What God Wants For Christmas as well, but I would love to add the Jesse Tree to our Advent learning this year.
Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots." 
The Jesse Tree is a beautiful way to teach children (and ourselves) that all of Biblical history points to Jesus. Each day before Christmas a story is read and an ornament is placed on the tree or branch. I'm hoping to find a branch from our back woods and to hang our ornaments on.
There are many wonderful places to get resources for the Jesse Tree. For background and a great chart of readings, go here. If you'd like to download a free Jesse Tree devotional book go here. Another great listing of readings is located here. Here's a great place to get images for the tree (or coloring sheets to go along with the lessons). And for more links about Jesse trees, check out the image link to the left.
If you're inclined to just buy your ornaments, there's a very easy tree kit available at amazon.
May your Advent Season be filled with the wonder of our Messiah!
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10 comments:

  1. That's a very neat idea!

    http://atticgirl.blogspot.com/2010/12/wordless-wednesday-guess-whos-in.html

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  2. We've never done a Jesse Tree, but it's definitely on my list of things to do! It's such a beautiful idea. Can't wait to see yours!

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  3. This was always a favorite when my kids were little!

    Elise at www.kissingtheleper.com

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  4. What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  5. I love your idea we are studying advent season here and incorporating parts of the Jessee tree as well

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  6. What a great idea! We made a Jesse tree one year, and it can be really meaningful. Blessed Advent to you!

    Visiting from Hobo Mama and Natural Parents Network!

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  7. I've heard about this, but never really knew what it was... how neat!

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    God Bless You :-)

    ~Ron

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  9. This is such a great idea, so happy to be introduced to this! I hope we are able to do one for our boy when he's a bit older:)

    Visiting from Natural Parents Network!

    <3

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