Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jesse Tree 2010

Our 2009 Jesse Tree at the half way point
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
The first we did the Jesse Tree 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. Last year I ordered this kit.
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. 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 28 Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4 Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth Creation coloring page November 29 Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24 Symbol: Man & Woman, tree Adam & Eve coloring page November 30 Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24 Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple Adam & Eve Expelled from the Garden coloring page December 1 Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17 Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow Noah's Ark coloring page
December 2
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6 Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain Abraham coloring page
December 3
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle Jacob wrestling with Angel coloring page
December 4
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37 Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins Joseph coloring page
December 5
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41 Symbol: shock of wheat Joseph storing food coloring page
December 6
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2 Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes Baby Moses coloring page
December 7 Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush Moses burning bush coloring page
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
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

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