The Jesse Tree-a Family Advent Activity





Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and our homes for Christmas celebrations. Advent begins on the Sunday four weeks before Christmas Day. Choose an advent activity that is practical for your family. The Jesse Tree is a neat idea. It is a hands-on way of teaching our kids about God's faithfulness through the ages.

What is a "Jesse Tree"?

The "Jesse Tree" is a tree branch decorated with symbols representing stories of individuals in the family tree of Jesus. The name is taken from the Bible(Isaiah 11:1). Jesse was David's father and it was from King David's lineage that Jesus came. The idea of the Jesse tree originates in Europe dating back to the middle ages. For every day of Advent a Bible Story is read and a symbol representing that story is hung on the tree or branch.

The readings begin with creation showing the continuity of God's love and His plan through the generations climaxing with the birth of Christ.

The tree can be a branch, a small artificial Christmas tree, or even a tree drawn on a sheet of poster paper. The symbols can be printed from the internet and colored, or you can make crafty 3-D symbols. Every day through advent you read a Bible Story and hang the symbol. This tradition can be repeated every advent using the same or different Bible stories and symbols.

To simplify doing this activity you can use resources available on the internet. I will walk you through it and hopefully it will work for you.

Go to the website

www.rca.org

*Click on resources, then seasonal material

*Click on Advent, Christmas...

*Click on Jesse Tree Family Devotion (12 printable pages of readings for each day of Advent corresponding with the symbols)

*Click on patterns and directions

*Click on symbol patterns available online (6 printable pages of symbols to color)

Other Jesse Tree resource websites:

www.cresourcei.org/jesse.html
christiancrafters.com/jesse_tree.html



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