One of my favorite things we did this Christmas was The Jesse Tree.
Not to be confused with my Jesse.
The tree and my kid are name after the same Jesse from the Bible though.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD— and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.
Isaiah 11: 1-3
The Jesse Tree is a way of telling the story of God’s plan from the beginning of time to redeem His people by sending a Savior…Jesus. It follows the lineage of Christ’s family and key people in the Old Testament that God uses to tell His story from Creation through Christ’s birth. It is a countdown daily to Christmas with the telling of a story, and an ornament that acts as a symbol and visual reminder of the story.
That is an excerpt from the Jesse Tree Project website.
My friend, Paige, invited me to do it with some of her college friends. 24 of us met up in September and we were each given a specific Bible story. And 24 plain wood ornaments. We had to decorate the ornament to represent the story.
Then We got together again in November and got one of each ornament. It was fun to see how everyone decorated them.
So we started on December 1st, reading a story, then letting Katie hang the ornament. She LOVED it!
Marcus helped me make this tree to put the ornaments on. It's in the hallway.
(And that's Katie's drawing of a blizzard on the chalk board wall)
And here it is all filled up!
It was a fun way to keep the focus on Jesus during the holidays! And it's a tradition I know we will love doing every year.
I realize it's hard to think about Christmas in January, but I wanted to make sure I shared it, just in case any of you wanted to do this project with your friends too. It can be done anytime of year, so it's ready for next Christmas!
(of course I finished my ornaments the night before they were due! But some of you organized people like to think ahead!)