Thursday, November 26, 2009

Jesse Tree

The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree. It is based on the below verse from the book of Isaiah, and is a way of teaching the Old Testament background for the coming of the Messiah, which is the first long "Advent."

"A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots" - Isaiah 11:1
Last year we used a big branch that Pumpkin picked out spray painted gold and and printed these pictures and cut them out as ornaments. We also colored coordinating coloring pages. This year I ordered this kit (pictured above) for making felt ornaments. A couple friends came over the other night, and we cut ornaments out, getting about half way through in one evening as they are pretty intricate. These are our ornaments so far. Each night after lighting our Advent wreath, we will hang the ornament for that day on the Jesse tree.

Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked last years reading list for this year. I also changed it to better match this particular ornament kit, which meant deleting some significant Old Testament stories. So next year, I think I will make a few extra ornaments on my own to match those stories. There are various symbols for each story that will coordinate with multiple different ornaments. Here is a link to a calendar with additional daily activities for the Jesse Tree. Below each reading and symbols is a link to a coloring page that corresponds to the story (I have a coloring page for each day except I could not find one for Tobiah's Journey, please let me know if you do).
November 29
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
November 30
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree
December 1
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple
December 2
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17 Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow
December 3
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain
December 4
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle
December 5
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins
December 6
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat
December 7
Moses as Prince & Burning Bush: Ex. 1,2,3
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes, burning bush
Baby Moses and Moses burning bush coloring pages
December 8
Moses - Plagues & Parting Sea: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog, parted sea
December 9
Moses receiving Ten Commandments: Exodus 19, 20, 24:12-18
Symbol: stone tablets
December 10
Moses water from the rock: Exodus 17:1-7
Symbol: staff
December 11
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3
Symbols: Oil lamp, candle lamp, temple
December 12
David Chosen King: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Symbol: sheep
David chosen king or Star of David coloring pages
December 13
David & Goliath: 1 Samuel: 17
Symbol: slingshot
December 14
Solomon's Wisdom: 1 Kings 2:1-6, 3:4-28
Symbol: Scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword, crown
December 15
Elijah's Contest: 1 Kings 18:3,21-39
Symbol: burning rock
December 16
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 or entire book of Jonah
Symbol: Whale
December 17
Tobiah's Journey: Tobit 5, 6:1-9, 10:1-6, 11:1-15
Symbol: fish
December 18
Daniel and the Lion's Den: Daniel 6:1-29
Symbol: Lions
December 19
John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80
Symbol: sandal, Shell with water, river
December 20
Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
Symbol: Angel
December 21
Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
Symbol: Mary
December 22
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25
Symbols: Joseph, Carpenter's Saw, hammer, chisel, angle
December 23
Journey to Bethlehem: Luke 2:1-6
Symbols: manger
December 24
Jesus is Born: Luke 2:6-20
Symbols: baby Jesus
Epiphany - January 6
Visit of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
Symbol: shining star


Jo Flemings said...

Thanks for posting this and yours is gorgeous!

Robina said...

Jo, I wish I could say the completed tree is mine, but it's the stock photo for the lit I bought. Hopefully once we finish all the ornaments, it will look like that.

Gae said...

This is a great list of readings.
I will be using thee colouring pages too.
Have fun working through Advent.
WE get so excited here at all the special actiities to look forward to and do as we work our way toward Christmas
God bless

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