December 12, 2006
I have always wanted to do a Jesse Tree, but I never get around to planning it and making ornaments early enough. I found a chart of readings and some printable ornaments at separate web sites, but many of the ornaments didn't coincide with the suggested ornaments on the chart of readings. I am always working on planning a Christmas outreach for our church at this time of year, so I never got around to putting everything together.
This year I found simple printable ornaments in two sizes and Jesse Tree readings here. I printed the ornaments out on card stock and had my daughters cut them out, hole-punch them, and tie ribbon around each one. I already had a miniature Christmas tree, so I decided to use that rather than make one. The "Advent Reflections" (updated for 2007) include a short Scripture reading, a synopsis of the actual Bible story mentioned, and the Bible verses to read the whole story. When we are busy, we just do the short reading and synopsis. When we have more time, we read the entire story from the Bible. I'm so excited to finally be doing this!
Here are some other Jesse Tree links if anyone is interested:
(this one looks really cute for younger children)
The Jesse Tree
(this is an article with background information, directions for making a Jesse Tree and a chart of Scripture readings)
The Jesse Tree at Domestic-Church.com
It is a little late to start this now, but it could still be done if you did a quick summary up to this point. I love showing my children how the Old Testament points so clearly to Jesus and this is a great visual to help with that.
(use scrollbar on right to read)
Nov. 27, 2007 - Untitled Comment
Posted by ApplesofGold
I just love visiting your blog!! Thank you for these links-I'm going to check them out. We did a Jesse Tree a couple years ago, but never finished doing it.