Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Jesse Tree

Why it is called "The Jesse Tree"
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit, And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-2

The Jesse Tree is my favorite thing we do as a family. Last Fall, my mom gave me this tree and all of the ornaments (most of them, she made) as a gift. Each ornament is wrapped and has a number on the front of the package. Each ornament corresponds with a daily devo tion we do as a family in order to prepare our hearts for Christmas. The ornaments take us on a journey through the Bible, highlighting key
figures, events, ultimately resulting in the grand finale, the Incarnation of Christ. We did this last year with Ryann as a two year old. She enjoyed it, and loved opening the ornament each night. This year, however, was incredible, as Mark and I watched her begin to understand the significance of each ornament. I know it will get better with each year. This is an incredible tool for families during the season of Advent. You can google "jesse tree" and lots of information (including daily devotions for children) comes up. The Jesse Tree devotions go from November 29-December 25.

The Jesse Tree Box, filled with daily presents for Ryann to open as we participate in Advent...leading up to the celebration of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mark and Ryann, ready to start the night's devotion

For example, Day 20 was the story of Daniel. We read Daniel 6 and then talked about how Daniel worshipped God even though it might cost him everything,even his own life. Ryann opend the package marked 20 and pulled out a lion ornament, representing Daniel's courage and loyalty to the one true God.

Ryann putting the Lion ornament (from the story of Daniel) on the Jesse Tree

Almost Complete Jesse Tree

Christmas was so Fun with Ryann this year....3 is really a great age.


Matt and Angie Wood said...

I love that - I would love to do that!

Liesel Rios said...

Neat-o! Three is a great age, I'm sure, but I also think it has something to do with Ryann being a great kiddo. Can't wait to see you. We got back in town today!

John and Sarah said...

This is so cool. I never really understood how it worked. Love this and definitely want to do it with Jack when he is older.

Michelle said...

Do you by chance have a tutorial on the lamb? I'm looking for something cute for mine.