How to Make a Jesse Tree

Note: After publishing this post, I wrote and shared a free Jesse Tree ebook.

As part of our simplified Christmas, Joe, Grace, and I have been decorating a Jesse tree.

Our Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree

How We Use the Jesse Tree Each Night

As I explained in my earlier post, the Jesse tree has become part of our nightly ritual. Each evening, before dinner, Grace helps me to light the candles in our Advent Wreath. We eat, and then Grace opens her Advent box.

jesse tree box

Grace picked this box at the craft store a few weeks ago. There were several different styles, but she wanted the one that had a family on the top. It has a Momma, a Daddy, and a baby gingerbread man.

The baby gingerbread man doesn’t have a coat, and this distresses Gracie Anna.

Each night, Santa puts the next day’s ornament and devotional into the box, along with three Dove Peppermint Bark candies.

Advent box for Jesse tree

When Grace opens her box, she distributes the candy to me and to Joe. She’s never tried to keep it all for herself, a fact I find astounding. I struggle with sharing candy even today, and my 2-year-old passes it out like no big deal.

Anyway, after Grace passes out the candy, she gives Joe the ornament (and tells him where to hang it on the tree) and gives me the notebook. I read our Bible story from either our children’s Study Bible or from my Bible (depending on whether the story is in the children’s Bible or not, and whether the story in the children’s Bible conveys the message that we want).

We say a prayer, eat our candy, and Grace blows out the candles.

Our Jesse Tree Ornaments

I made all of our Jesse tree ornaments. It’s been a job, and I’m still not finished.

Nonetheless, I am happy with my obviously homemade and slightly kitschy felt-and-glitter ornaments. Here are the ones I’ve finished so far (in no particular order):

Jesse Tree Earth

Creation - Earth ornament

Noah and the Flood - Ark & Rainbow ornament

Noah and the Flood - Ark & Rainbow ornament

Joseph - The Coat of Many Colors ornament

Joseph - The Coat of Many Colors ornament

Isaac - Ram ornament

Isaac - Ram ornament

Isaiah - Rose ornament

Isaiah - Rose ornament

King David - Crown ornament

King David - Crown ornament

Daniel - Lion ornament

Daniel - Lion ornament

Hope - Watchtower

Hope - Watchtower

Rahab - Rope ornament

Rahab - Rope ornament

Ruth - Wheat ornament

Ruth - Wheat ornament

Moses - 10 commandments

Moses - 10 commandments

Abraham - Ten & Camel ornament

Abraham - Ten & Camel ornament

Sarah - Cradle ornament

Sarah - Cradle ornament

Adam & Eve and the Forbidden Fruit - Serpent ornament

Adam & Eve and the Forbidden Fruit - Serpent ornament

Jacob - Ladder ornament

Jacob - Ladder ornament

Samuel - Horn of oil ornament

Samuel - Horn of oil ornament

Jess - Tree stump ornament

Jess - Tree stump ornament

Obviously, these are in various states of completion. I’ll add the rest as I get them done.

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Comments

  1. says

    This is a really neat idea! As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for neat way to teach.. I can see us adapting this to fit our needs – maybe have the boys make their own ornaments, etc.

    Thanks so much for linking this at 5 Minutes for Mom so that I could come across it!

  2. Miss V says

    What a fun story! I love what you guys are doing, it's very special and great family time! Good job!

    Love the ornaments! You're very talented!

    Praying you and your family have a very Merry Christmas! ;)

  3. says

    Start now. Or in January. The ornaments really have been time consuming. I've easily spent an hour on each one, so I'm really glad I started a few weeks ago.

    I still have a few to stitch and 6 or so to start.

  4. says

    You are very welcome. I have seen a lot of people who simply printed the ornament patterns and let the kids color them on paper. You could punch a hole and string the colored papers up on the tree with a ribbon loop. Wouldn't the kids love that? Then, you could put their ornaments away and let them look them over year after year. I think that's awesome!

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