The Jesse Tree
Have you ever made a Jesse Tree?
Do you even know what a Jesse tree is?
The website Why Christmas? explains that the tradition started many years ago as a way of helping the many illiterate believers learn more about the Christmas story: the birth of Jesus and its importance.
The name comes from Jesse, the father of King David and is linked with Isaiah's prophecy:
'A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him -- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD -- and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
Isaiah 11:1-4 (NIV)
For each day of Advent (or as many as you like)an ornament is added to the tree.
Each ornament is related to a Bible story or concept and the story is read before the ornament is added to the tree. So, for example, in the set below from katiepawlak:
TheApple and the Serpent represents Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:13), the Whale signifies Jonah (Jonah 1:15-17), Noah's ark is there as is Joseph's coat of many colours along with the Passover Lamb and the Ten Commandments. So all that preparation of the people of Israel to receive the Son of God as a baby is acknowledged and remembered and God's purpose is held at the centre of the preparations for the festivities.
Wherever text is underlined above you can follow the link to look at the website mentioned.
Click on the image to the right of this text to download a pdf file of paper decorations to make for yourself.