usually used during the Advent season decorated each week by ornaments representing events from Creation through the Birth of Christ. The name “Jesse Tree” comes from Isaiah 11:1 “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.” The Jesse Tree is a method of telling of God’s faithfulness from the Old Testament into the New Testament.
In addition to the site above, this site will give you symbols that you can print or use to make your own ornaments for such a tree: http://www.rca.org/Page.aspx?pid=1628. You should definitely read the article by “Rocks In My Dryer” for more information and inspiration!
This idea of a Jesse Tree so inspired me! And then, last year, as part of our Advent story reading, I began using the book “One Wintry Night” by Ruth Bell Graham & illustrations by Richard Jesse Watson. As I read through it to our family, I realized that it had much of the same content as the Jesse Tree devotional. So, that stirred my creative juices! This year, we are using symbols from this book to make our own version of a “Jesse Tree”. As far as I know, it is an idea that is original to us. Perhaps we will alternate in the future, using Jesse Tree devotions one year and “One Wintry Night” in the future. In any case, I strongly encourage you to to purchase this book. It has a great story and the illustrations are some of the most amazing that I’ve ever seen! They really are breathtaking.
I love this picture from page 49:
I am so anxious to share this book with you, that I’m giving away two of them! If you’d like to get your own free copy, share one of your favorite Christmas or Advent traditions with us in the comments section (either on this blog or via my Facebook link). Make sure to leave a valid email address if you don’t have an account on here. I’ll draw names on December 14th and post the winners on December 15th!
**ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12PM EST ON DECEMBER 14TH**