there is a tradition gaining popularity in modern Christianity during the time of advent. the Jesse Tree is a way of decorating a Christmas tree with ornaments or decorations that purposely lead your family through the messianic line.
(origin of the name) “The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.”
(a bit of history) the first known jesse tree depiction was actually a stained glass window in Chartres Cathedral in the year 1140 or 1150 in Northern France. Since then there have been many representations of these in liturgical churches around the world.
(application) Modern Christians have begun to adopt Advent and Jesse Trees as part of our Christmas experience. while some churches are full of literguy and symbolism other churchers refrain from too much of that in concern of creating idols. i think a healthy balance of symbolism can really help us focus our minds on truth.
(you wanna do it?) It’s easy! Google Jesse tree and you will see many ideas. there are elaborate decorations, simple crafty ornaments , or easy templates to just print and color. glance at the picture below for an idea.
It doesn’t have to be a huge tree. it can be a small table one or even just a paper tree on the wall.
There are advent calendars out there filled with chocolates for each day. but with this tree as your advent calendar each day reveals a new lesson in the chronological timeline of Christ’s ancestors .
(Let’s do it together) starting so late I will try to do 2 a day.
* creation: in the beginning God created everything out of nothing . an ornament or decoration of the world can be hung to represent creation. place it at the bottom of the tree.
*the fall: adam and eve were the first people God created. he let them live in the garden of eden, where he walked among them. but then they disobeyed Him and ate from the tree He forbade them from. that was the first sin. every person after adam was born outside of the garden. dont worry though. God already had a plan of salvation in mind. hang an ornament of an apple or fruit representing the sin of man.
check out jesse tree rca for some devotionals and ideas for your family.