How to Make a Jesse Tree

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

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! 

A glimpse of our ornament hodgepodge.

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! 

Jesse Tree Bible Verses

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! 

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Adrienne is a Florida homeschooling mom of two boys, follower of Jesus, and lover of words. She's an imperfect parent surviving on God's grace and mercy, lots of yoga, and regular doses of salty ocean air! Find her as @TheMommyMess on Twitter and connect with her on Facebook.




  1. says

    Oooooooh! I can’t WAIT to take a closer look at this idea! Thanks so much for the inspiration Adrienne! I need more traditions in our little family, especially now because every single year my kids (and me some years) have been too sick so I never had enough energy or time to really focus on more. This year…we are BLESSED with HEALTH so far! Can’t wait to start some new things…this looks perfect! :)
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      Oh, I know what you mean about the illnesses. December seems to be the month we all get a nasty bug. This past week has been eventful. hopefully this is the last of the nasties for us and we’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the season healthy!

  2. says

    Oh My! I LOVE this and am home with a sick child today AND have a spare small tree that we use on the years we travel. We are a few days late, but I will start this ASAP!

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