Friday, December 2, 2011

What's a Jesse Tree?

I've heard several friends mention that they make a "Jesse Tree" each Christmas and i had NO clue what that was. Ha! So I looked it up. The tree gets it's name from a passage in Isaiah:  “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 might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.”- Isaiah 11:1-2 So, it's a tree that points to Jesus as the fulfilled Messiah.

People do all sorts of different versions and it's fun to see how families remember. Some people find cute toys/trinkets that remind them of certain aspects of Him (like a small toy fish to remember His miracles, toy tools since he was a carpenter, nails and a cross to remember His death, etc..) Others have a more formal tree with actual glass ornaments and different Scripture painted on them.

This year, we are doing one that just seemed so fun and kid-like, but with great biblical teaching. It's a 25 day paper ornament project that the boys will cut out, glue on a background, and color and then we can hang them on our tree. It's all free printables and Scripture already laid out, from the Christmas your way blog and seems so super fun.

If your looking for a new and easy way to point little hearts towards Jesus this month, go check it out:

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