The Jesse Tree is an Advent Tradition.
Make an ornament to go with each day's story and hang it on a bare branch or on your Christmas tree.
Each of the 31 stories is only about 5 minutes long.
The ornaments can be as simple as a line drawing on a piece of paper. Keep it simple and fun for everyone.
If you'd like to see the set I purchased, click here.
A special downloadable PDF version is available until Dec 14 here!
Advent Day 1
The symbol today is a bright sun.
Creation. The Word spoke. Let there be light.
Genesis 1-2; John 1:1-5,14; Proverbs 8:22-31
Advent Day 2
The symbol today is a fruit tree.
Two mysterious trees: The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Genesis 3; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22-23; Revelation 22:1-2
Advent Day 3
The symbol today is a scene in a field.
Cain and Abel. The first murder.
Advent Day 4
The symbol is an ark on a stormy sea.
Noah, the Ark and lots of animals.
Advent Day 5
The symbol today is a boy on an altar.
Abraham, Sarah and their miracle son Isaac.
Advent Day 6
The symbol today is a camel.
Rebekah, the bride with the water jar and the generous heart.
Oops! I refer to Rebekah's father in this segment. It was actually her brother!
Advent Day 7
The symbol today is a stairway
with angels going up and down it.
Dreaming of a Ladder.
Oh, good grief. Sometimes I get carried away telling the story. Another correction: Isaac only gives Jacob his blessing. Esau himself sold Jacob the inheritance in return for a bowl of stew.
Advent Day 8
The symbol today is the Lion of Judah.
Blessing the 12 sons of Israel.
Judah gets a special blessing.
Advent Day 9
The symbol today is a coat of many colors.
Joseph--and his big mouth.
Genesis 37, 39-47
Advent Day 10
The symbol today is a burning bush.
God rescues the Hebrews.
Advent Day 11
The symbol today is a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire.
God in sight.
Advent Day 12
The symbol today is a clay jar used for storage.
Manna in the desert. God provides.
Advent Day 13
The symbol today is a stone tablet.
The Ten Commandments and the Law.
Written by God's own hand.
Advent Day 14
The symbol today is the Ark of the Covenant.
The Traveling Box of Promises.
Advent Day 15
The symbol today is a red cord handing from a window.
Rahab, prostitute, heroine, ancestor of Jesus.
Advent Day 16
The symbol today is a sheaf of wheat.
Ruth and Boaz. Love at first sight.
The Book of Ruth
Advent Day 17
The symbol today is the town of Bethlehem.
O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Advent Day 18
The symbol today is a sheep.
David, shepherd of God's people.
1 Samuel 17-31; 2 Samuel; Psalm 23
Advent Day 19
The symbol today is Solomon's Temple.
The man of war yields to the God of Peace.
2 Samuel 7
Advent Day 20
The symbol today is Jonah and the Whale.
What happens when people listen...or not.
The Book of Jonah
Advent Day 21
The symbol today is a lion with a lamb.
For unto us a child is born..
Isaiah 9:1-3,6-7; Isaiah 11:1-10
Advent Day 22
The symbol today is a stone mason.
Zerubbabel and the Second Temple.
Ezra 1-6; Haggai 2:23; Zechariah 4:6
Advent Day 23
The symbol today is the star of David.
There are lots of stars in the Jesus story.
Advent Day 24
The symbol today is a crown and a cross.
Jesus: King and criminal.
Advent Day 25
The symbol today is the nativity.
Jesus is born in Bethlehem.
Matthew 1:18-21; Luke 2:1-20
Advent Day 26
The symbol today is a stone.
Jesus the stumbling stone.
Stephen the first martyr, stoned to death.
Luke 20:17-18; Acts 2; Acts 6-7
Advent Day 27
The symbol today is a quill pen.
The record. The journal.
Deuteronomy 31:24-26; Jeremiah 36:4
Advent Day 28
The symbol today is a fetus.
The slaughter of the innocents.
Advent Day 29
The symbol today is an angel.
Warned in a dream. Escape to Egypt.
Advent Day 30
The symbol today is a pyramid.
Advent Day 31
The symbol today is bread and wine.
Eating, drinking and remembering together.