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 it’s a Christmas tradition I hope my boys will cherish and pass down to their own children some day.
The Jesse Tree is my favorite way to celebrate a Christ centered Christmas countdown. The name “The Jesse Tree” is based on a passage in the book of Isaiah.
“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 with your kids. This tradition is a chronological timeline through God’s promises and it brings the true meaning to the Christmas season into our home each year.
Just like traditional Advent Calendars or countdowns, the Jesse Tree offers a daily treat.
For each day of Advent there is daily bible verse and coordinating ornament. As you walk through the pages of God’s word, the Christmas story will take on a whole new light for kids. It’s not just the nativity story. It’s a historical timeline of God’s perfect plan to send us Savior.
How to Make a Jesse Tree
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 to chooose from.
Jesse Tree Ornaments
Our collection is a mix of handmade and printable ornaments I’ve found online. If this is your first year doing a Jesse Tree, I suggest keeping it simple! My kids enjoy adding handmade ornaments each year, but it’s nice to have the printable ornaments for back up!
I found a great printable set last year here. They actually have two sets to chose from that are only $1 each!
Daily Bible Reading
As you add your ornaments each day, read the coordinating Bible passages with your children. There are several variations to the timeline of verses, but this is the one I like best. Enjoy!
The Jesse Tree is my favorite Advent project and helps me keep Christ in Christmas!
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
This post has been updated and “recycled” as part of the Going Green Christmas Edition link up!