Advent is the time when we all wait for Christmas day. Kids are excited with all the gifts and the adults are busy preparing gifts for one another. As a family, we have decided to use family traditions to remind ourselves the true meaning of Christmas. Last year, we did The Adventure of Christmas and we all learned what the traditions we are used to really meant and where they came from.
This year, I wanted to do something different. I first heard of the Jesse Tree from The Learning Basket website last year. It was something that the kids and I wanted to do to make Christmas even more meaningful. Though at first, I was unsure how I would go about the whole thing but when I saw the devotional and free Jesse Tree printouts from A Holy Experience, I knew that we had all we need to do our first ever Jesse Tree.
The Jesse Tree is a family Advent tradition that came from Isaiah 11:1. Jesse is the name of David’s father, from whose lineage will come the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. In that verse, it was prophesied that from the stump and branch of Jesse shall bear fruit. Through remembering important stories from the Old Testament until the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ, we shall see the complete picture of what Christmas really is all about. Each day, an ornament depicting the story we read will be hung on the tree.
So, this is how we did our Jesse Tree. We took a plant that was dying from our garden. We also got a pot and some stones. My daughter painted the stones with the words “hope, faith, love and joy”. She also painted the pot. We printed the printouts from A Holy Experience. We cut them and put them on cards and attached some strings. After going through the devotional of the day, we put the cards on the tree.
We enjoyed doing The Jesse Tree. Every member of the family is actively participating and we get to talk about what God has done, what God is doing in our life.