Christmas Traditions #4 – Jesse Tree
Each pocket of our fabric Advent calendar contained a daily challenge and one of the symbols of the Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree is a collection of ornaments, explanations, and scripture verses that illustrate God’s plan to bring Jesus into the world from the very beginning of the Bible. It refers to Isaiah 1:11: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.”
Every evening of the Advent we have tried to sit down on the sofa as a family and read the passage and hang the daily symbol on a “tree” made of branches. To be honest Loïs was way too young to listen to the whole passage. Sometimes Yann read the chosen verses (even though it was too boring for her) so that we could settle a tradition of reading the Bible as a family by simply opening the Bible and reading through it. Most of the time we found ways to tell the story in simple words: we used pictures, sounds, nativity scene figurines, daily examples. We ended story by relating everything to “the Savior” to which Loïs answered “Jesus!” And then we prayed together (with a wriggling Loïs on our laps).
I first heard of the tradition of a Jesse Tree reading Amanda Robbie’s Ministry of a Messy House. I surfed on the Internet for printable symbols since I did not have time to made them from scratch and ended up on that blog. We used those printables and devotional booklet. We printed and laminated the symbols so that we can use them in the following years.
Definitely a tradition we will keep and improve!