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The Jesse Tree

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Advent is a time of waiting, a time of anticipation and preparation for the coming of Jesus. There are many ways to get ready for Christmas. One way is through a Jesse Tree.

What is a Jesse Tree? It is a tree branch decorated with symbols representing the stories of people in Jesus' family tree. In Isaiah 11:1 we read, "A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Jesse was the father of David, Israel's greatest king. And it was from David's lineage that Jesus came. That's where the idea of using a Jesse Tree to celebrate Advent came from. Before a symbol is hung on the branch, a Bible passage or a story from a story Bible is read.

Making a Jesse Tree

There are various ways to make a Jesse Tree.

Jesse Tree Advent Devotions

These Advent devotions, structured around the Jesse Tree theme, were written by members of First Reformed Church in Lynden, Washington.

Jesse Tree Family Devotions

These family devotions can be used with or without Jesse Tree symbols. 

Jesse Tree: Intergenerational Advent Event

 Offer an intergenerational activity to help church members prepare to celebrate Advent and Christmas.

Additional Jesse Tree Resources

Go in-depth with the Jesse Tree using one of these additional resources.

El árbol de Jesé

Como cristianos, queremos que nuestro enfoque esté en Cristo, no en lo comercial o en las muchas actividades que trae el estar listo para navidad. Hay muchas maneras de prepararse para navidad. Una manera es por medio de un árbol de Jesé.