Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jesse Tree 2011


The Jesse tree is a symbol of Jesus' family tree.
It is based on this 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


Our Jesse Tree which we have used for a couple years is from this kit (pictured above as I keep forgetting at the end of the past couple Advent seasons to take a picture of our completed Jesse Tree).
We have also at times colored coordinating coloring pages.

Since every year the number of days in Advent is different, I tweaked previous years reading lists for this year. I have 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.

November 27
Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
Creation coloring page

November 28
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24
Symbol: Man & Woman, tree
Adam & Eve coloring page

November 29
Fall of Man/Original sin: Gen. 3:1-24
Symbol: Serpent, tree, apple
Adam & Eve Expelled from the Garden coloring page

November 30
Noah: Gen. 6:5-22; 7, 8, 9:1-17
Symbol: Ark, animals, dove, rainbow
Noah's Ark coloring page
 
December 1
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-9, 15:1-6
Symbol: Stars, torch, sword, mountain
Abraham coloring page
 
December 2
Jacob: Gen. 28:10-22
Symbols: Ladder, kettle
Jacob wrestling with Angel coloring page
 
December 3
Joseph & his brothers: Gen. 37
Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat, bucket, well, silver coins
Joseph coloring page

December 4
Joseph's Greatness: Gen. 41
Symbol: shock of wheat
Joseph storing food coloring page

December 5
Moses as Prince: Ex. 1 & 2
Symbol: basket, baby in basket, river and rushes
Baby Moses coloring page

December 6
Moses and the Burning Bush: Ex. 3
Symbol: burning bush
Moses burning bush coloring page

December 7
Moses - Plagues: Ex. 5-12:1-36
Symbol: frog, parted sea
Moses Parting Sea coloring page

December 8
Moses - Parting Sea: Ex 5-12:1-36
Symbol: 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

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