The Jesse Tree is an Advent tradition I started with my family three years ago. It’s something we now look forward to each year and I a Christmas tradition I hope my boys pass down to their children.
The Jesse Tree is a wonderful way to celebrate a Christ centered Christmas countdown. The name is based on Isaiah 11:1.
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”-Isaiah 11:1
That branch is Jesus! Jesse was King David’s father. God’s perfect plan to send us a Savior is brought to life as you countdown to Christmas. This tradition is a creative timeline through God’s promises, and we just love it!
There are daily verses to read each day and each verse coordinates with an ornament.
What you need:
A Small Tree
We use a mini Christmas tree, but I’ve seen so many variations. Check out the Jesse Trees on Pinterest! There are a ton of ideas.
Daily Ornaments and Bible verses
If you’ve never done this with your family before, keep it simple! Find a printable set you like, and walah!
Over the last few years, we’ve made some of our ornaments by hand. If you’re looking for a good printable set, I recommend Print Candee. There are two kits, and one is only $3.50. We add some handmade each year, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with it, so it’s nice to have the printable for backups! This site has a nice set of free printable ornaments. Each of these sites also have a printable list of daily verses to use with each ornament.