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Our Jesse Tree – Celebrating Advent

Advent Jesse Tree

This year I knew we wanted to celebrate Advent. I wasn’t sure how to do it, what I would plan for each day and to be honest it seemed a bit overwhelming to put it all together. I was so happy when Ann Voskamp, author of A Holy Experience and One Thousand Gifts shared her Jesse Tree Devotional. The timing couldn’t be better!

Update: We still love our Jesse Tree! This year we are adding daily readings from Ann Voskamp’s book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, it is a beautifully written and illustrated addition to our Advent.

Jesse Tree Advent

I had been at my mother in-laws the night before using her Cricut machine (which I LOVE!). I cut out 31 ornaments to use on, what would be, our Advent tree. When I saw Ann’s book and the artwork for each day I knew I had found an even better plan. I printed out the ornament cut-out pages that were included in Ann’s book and using a scalloped round paper punch, I then glued them to the ornaments that I had cut out the night before.

Jesse Tree Ornaments

The images don’t fit the ornaments perfectly, you can still see the black frame around some and even some of the photos were partially cut off. It may not be perfect but I’m happy with the result especially because, unlike previous years, this project actually was completed! I actually have a finished set of ornaments to do the Jesse tree. No excuses this year.

Christmas Tree for Advent

We’ve been reading the daily devotions (which are beautifully written and include the entire daily scripture reading) each night at dinner time and then we’re letting Claire, our oldest put the ornament on a special tree that we have set up in the dining room.

Although I do think that the daily devotions might be a bit too advanced for a 2 and 4 year old to understand, I’m really enjoying spending this time with my husband reading the devotional together. We do give a short, age appropriate overview of the devotional for the kids each night too.

My goal is that by doing this daily our children will pick up on the stories and themes of Christmas that are sprinkled throughout the bible. I hope that doing a Jesse tree will be a tradition that we continue for years to come.

Do you celebrate Advent? Do you do a daily activity each day through Advent? Do you have a Jesse Tree?

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    December 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I’ve never heard of a Jesse Tree before. Where does the name come from??

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      December 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      I took this from another site because I think that they explain it well:

      The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.” It is a vehicle to tell the Story of God in the Old Testament, and to connect the Advent Season with the faithfulness of God across 4,000 years of history. The Branch is a biblical sign of newness out of discouragement, which became a way to talk about the expected messiah (for example, Jer 23:5). It is therefore an appropriate symbol of Jesus the Christ, who is the revelation of the grace and faithfulness of God.

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    Sharon O
    December 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Ann Voskamp is a wonderful encourager and awesome writer thank you for passing the word about her ‘gift’.

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    Sylvia Lamon
    August 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm


    I’m looking for some Jesse ornaments that I can copy for my church’s Thursday after-school program. Which book did you find the Jesse ornaments in please? Thank you so much and God bless.

    Sylvia Lamon

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