The Jesse Tree

Someone asked in the comments yesterday about the Jesse Tree, which made me very happy because I assumed I was the last person on the planet to adopt the tradition.
A Jesse Tree is a way of celebrating the Advent season based on Isaiah 11:1-2:
“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 power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD”

It’s basically a series of nightly devotions that highlight Christ’s lineage throughout the Old Testament. For my family, it’s a way to keep our focus on Him during the Christmas season.
I wanted to keep it simple so what we did this year was print out ornaments that we found online which represent each of the different passages of scripture. Then, for our tree, I just made a tree out of green posterboard because sometimes I am artsy and craftsy like that.
You can really make it as elaborate or as simple as you want. Some people buy real ornaments to hang on a real tree, but that was way too classy for us. We prefer posterboard and double-sided Scotch tape around our house.
Although, truth be told, I’d like to do something a little fancier next year. Especially because my makeshift tree leaves a lot to be desired.
Get it? Tree? Leaves?
I apologize. I couldn’t help myself.


  1. says

    So so you have an suggestions as to where I can find some good devotionals to use with the tree? I am the only Christian in my family and I’d love to use this time of year to evangelize to the clan.

  2. says

    I love the simple….I can do it and don’t have to go buy something fancy….way you’re doing this! Even though it’s already 6 days into December and I don’t have anything fancy on hand…I do have posterboard and double-stick tape! :) I’m so going to do this!!
    thank you.

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