In our house, we have several different Advent countdowns running simultaneously. One is a series of Christmas-themed crafts. Another is one of those ubiquitous chocolate-a-day calendars. (Actually, we have two of those because when one child gets chocolate, so must the other.) My favourite Advent calendar, though, is the Jesse Tree.
What I love about the Jesse Tree is that it takes you from Creation to Jesus’ birth over the Advent period. It’s called a Jesse Tree for the passage in Isaiah 11:1-10. Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot – yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old branch . . . .
Previously, I’ve cut out images and stuck them to a cardboard tree stump. This year I have an actual tree that we’re going to hang the pictures on.
Beginning on 27 November, we will do the Bible reading for the day and hang the relevant picture on the tree. Some of the days have really long Bible readings, so I’ve summarised them to keep my daughters’ interest.
By Christmas morning, the tree will be full and my girls will have heard a summary of God’s plan of salvation.
I have uploaded a file with the summaries and pictures that we use. Feel free to download it if you would like to do a Jesse Tree with your family.
The Jesse Tree printable Edited to fix the problem displaying images.
May this Advent season be a time of reflection and growth. I hope that you will be blessed in your use of the Jesse Tree.
How do you count down to Christmas?