Thursday, November 29, 2012

{ the jesse tree }


Sometimes I forget what Christmas is all about.
Between deciding where we're going on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
what the kids will wear, what I have to cook, what present I have to get and for who, etc. etc. 
it's hard to keep in mind that we're celebrating Jesus' birthday. 

This year, my friend Anna, who should have a blog but doesn't, 
organized a Jesse Tree Ornament Exchange.
When she started getting the group together way back in August, I was excited to participate 
because it would be something fun to do with Jake during the Advent Season.
After thinking about it more, though, I realized that it might prove to be even more fruitful for me.
I'm excited to use the Jesse tree to bring a focus on the true meaning of Christmas this year
for both my family and myself. 

What is the Jesse Tree?
(I admittedly had to do some research)

The Jesse Tree is made up of 24 ornaments, 
each representing part of the story of Christmas.
Jesse was the father of King David of the Old Testament. 
He is considered the first person in the genealogy of Jesus.
The tree is meant to help Christians prepare for Jesus as we are supposed to during Advent. 


The Ornament Exchange


Anna hosted a brunch last Sunday for all of the ladies 
who made ornaments to come, chat, and exchange.
Just in time since Advent starts THIS Saturday (12.1.12)
It was an absolutely lovely time and so nice to see everyone's creativity.

I'm posting pictures of all the ornaments below 
(...and what days they are for... and what they represent)
because they all turned out pretty great.

How the Ornaments Are Used


On the first day of Advent we'll start reading this book and hanging each ornament on a representation of the tree or an actual Christmas tree itself if it is already up. 
The book is directed at children and adults separately so the whole family is included!

You can read more about the Jesse Tree here 
If you don't have time to put together 24 handmade ornaments in 2 days (gasp!)
the devotional book I linked to above is printable for free and seems like a good alternative.


 



Day 1
The Light in Creation

a globe or picture of the Earth
Day 2
The First Sin

an apple and a snake wrapped around it
Day 3
Inside the Ark

an ark with a rainbow
Day 4
The Call to Abram

a camel and a tent
Day 5
Issac and the Lamb

a lamb
Day 6
Jacob's ladder

a ladder
Day 7
Joseph's Coat of Many Colors

a colorful coat
Day 8
Moses and the 10 Commandments

a tablet with numbers
Day 9
Canaan, the Promised Land of Blessings

a cluster of grapes
Day 10
Ruth and Boaz

a sheaf of wheat
Day 11
King David

a slingshot
Day 12
Josiah Finds the Law

a scroll or Bible
Day 13
Prophecy of Shoot from the Stump of Jesse

a stump with fresh shoot or leaf
Day 14
Prophecy of the Lion and the Lamb Resting Together

lion and lamb
Day 15
Prophecy of the Prince of Peace

a dove and crown
Day 16
Prophecy of a Gentle Shepherd

a lamb and a staff
Day 17
Prophecy of the Suffering Servant

a cross
Day 18
Prophecy of the New Covenant

a heart with writing on it
Day 19
Prophecy of Bethlehem

town silhouette with star
Day 20
The Exile

a fiery furnace
Day 21
The Return to the Land

a brick wall
Day 22
The Star

a star
Day 23
The Light of the World
a candle or light

Day 24
Angels Proclaiming the Coming of Christ
an angel


Happy Advent!

8 comments:

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

How beautiful! I love the whole idea of this! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

BeaumontGirl said...

Pretty much in love with this idea!!!!!!

Pink Scissors Design said...

Happy Advent to you, too! My family also celebrates with a Jesse Tree. We use a felt set...some with beads and sequins. A Jesse Tree is a wonderful way to keep Christ the center of family Christmas celebrations.

Deborah
See my Jesse Tree Ornaments here: http://etsy.me/PaZE1t

The Holts said...
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The Holts said...

Oh, wow! You have some seriously talented friends!!! I loved looking at each ornament!! My husband and I looked everywhere for a biblical advent calendar that we could use each year and perhaps pass down to our children one day but couldn't find one out there, so we made our own - a Jesse Tree! Now I sell the DIY kits and my pattern in my Etsy shop. Here's the link in case any of your readers are inspired by your post and become interested in making their own treasured family heirloom: https://www.etsy.com/listing/100647233/jesse-tree-diy-kit-ready-to-ship

Jelli said...

Love this idea, Esther! What a great way to celebrate the season. It definitely takes the advent calendar up a notch!

Michelle@ourwonderfilledlife.com said...

I love our Jesse tree, and this idea is truly amazing, the handmade ornaments are just beautiful!!!

Thaleia said...

So wish I would have seen this early enough to organize a swap like this! Thanks for sharing close ups of each ornament!Loved this so much I shared it as part of my 5 Days of Advent: Jesse Tree post on something2offer.com

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