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Jesse Tree Advent Custom

A Jesse Tree Project Can Teach Kids About the Bible at Christmas


Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree

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The Jesse Tree is a unique Advent custom and a fun activity for teaching children about the Bible at Christmas.

What is a Jesse Tree?

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree, or genealogy of Jesus Christ. It tells the story of God's salvation plan, beginning with creation and continuing through the Old Testament, to the coming of the Messiah. The name comes from Isaiah 11:1, "Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit." (NASB)

Each day of Advent a homemade ornament is added to the Jesse Tree, a small tree made of evergreen branches. These symbolic ornaments can each represent a prophecy foretelling of Christ. Other variations include creating ornaments that represent the ancestors in the lineage of Christ, or using the various monogram symbols of Christianity as handmade ornaments.

The Story of the Jesse Tree

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