Isaiah 11: 1 "Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. "
The Jesse Tree is a new tradition we wanted to incorporate this year. We actually participated in a swap last year with making the ornaments but didn't get to use them. So we were eager to this year. To be honest we didn't get a chance to do much with it this year as I wanted. (I way over plan too many things!!! )
If you have never heard of the Jesse Tree I will explain it and give you some links and you might want to add it to your family tradtions for next year. To summarize, we are putting a small (2ft.) tree on a table in our school room. Beginning on December 1, we will add one ornament each day. The first ornament represents creation, and we read a little devotional on creation. Then each devotional takes us through the Old Testament, showing how it all pointed to Christ, until Christmas Eve, when we finish.
Here is a great site for getting started easily.
You can look them up on Amazon.com
I have two great books that you can get to use.
The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean (We checked this out from the library this year and I would like to buy it to add to our Christmas book collection)
The Advent Jesse Tree: Devotion for Children and Audlts to prepare for the Coming of the Christ Child at Christmas by Dean Meador