Early on in my blog reading days, when Caleb was still a baby, I came across this post about Jesse Trees over at Rocks in my Dryer. I was absolutely smitten with the idea. I was looking around for ideas for Christmas traditions that our fairly new little family could enjoy each year and the Jesse Tree really seemed to fit the bill.
You can go over here for more details about what the Jesse Tree is. I’ll give you a quick run-down. Isaiah 11:1 says, “A shoot spring forth from Jesse, and a branch from its roots.” The Jesse Tree is a way to journey through the Old Testament and see how all of God’s promises were fulfilled as they lead up to the birth of Jesus, our Messiah.
The idea is to find or create an ornament for different pivotal moments in the Old Testament. There is an ornament for the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, and on and on. Starting on the first day of December, you pull out the first ornament, place it on the tree, and have a short devotional and/or reading about what that event represents and how it relates to the birth of Jesus.
This year we adopted the Jesse Tree tradition a little late. So, I had to quickly make the ornaments out of materials we had on hand. But, you know what, Caleb had a blast helping me make them all. I got my ideas from here. You can print off the pictures and make the ornaments how ever you choose.
All I did was print off the pictures from this website, cut them out, glue them on construction paper, and used some leftover crochet yarn for the loop.
Our completed ornaments
Then, I wrote a number on each ornament as a cheat sheet for the order we should follow. There is is also the scripture to read and the person it represents. I got my devotional material from the same website I got the printable ornaments. I was also looking at this devotional book for next year maybe.
Caleb was so excited about the Christmas ornaments that he just had to put them on the tree immediately.
Caleb putting the ornaments on the tree
We attempted to put all the ornaments, along with a Bible, in a nice basket beside the tree. We would then read the scripture and allow Caleb to put the ornament on the tree. Well, it looks like that will not be happening. Caleb is so proud of the ornaments and loves them so much that he just can’t stand it that they are not all on the tree. Instead of placing the ornaments on the tree each day we will just find them and then talk about the importance of that person.
Ornaments on the Tree
Since, I really want to make the Jesse Tree a permanent part of our family Christmas traditions, I have been looking into making more permanent ornaments and perhaps having a separate tree. I found some nice cross-stitch patterns over here. I better get stitching if I want those things done by next year!