If you’re in search of how to build your own Jesse Tree, this blog post is for you. You won’t believe how easy it is. Also included is a short history of one of Advent’s oldest tradition and some bible versus to help you understand each Jesse Tree Ornament.
How to Build a Jesse Tree
I’m typically of the mindset that if something comes easy it must not be right, or isn’t my best option. Though that isn’t always true, it’s one of my general rules of thumb. Learning how to build a Jesse Tree is easy… to easy in my opinion. So, in this instance, we’ll have to throw that “rule” out the window.
Go outside and find a tree branch without leaves and a few good shoots on it to hold your Jesse Tree Ornaments. (This year we only had to go out in the yard and find one lying on the ground because of some windy weather, but you may have to cut down a small limb.
Place your tree branch into a planting pot so your limb is standing up like a small leafless tree.
Place rocks in your planting pot and all around your tree limb so your Jesse Tree will now stand on it’s own.
Who is Jesse?
Jesse is the father of the Great King David from the bible. In the book of Isaiah, a prophecy states…
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD–
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
How to Make Jesse Tree Ornaments?
These ornaments I made came from a pattern I bought from a fellow blogger, Nancy from Do Small Things With Love. You can purchase those here. I chose to make mine because I love the idea of having a homemade family heirloom. I imagine one day when I’ve left this world, my children may fight over who gets these ornaments. Then reality sets in, and I realize they may not give two hoots about it, but at least I tried.
These ornaments took a lot of time to create. They were simple to make, but time consuming if you have other responsibilities in your home. You may be able to make one each day to keep up with your tree now, or you can purchase some premade.
How Do I “Do” a Jesse Tree With My Family?
Each day of Advent you and your family hang one ornament on the tree. Before you hang it on the tree, you’ll reflect on the image on the face of your ornament. Here are some bible versus that go with the 31 Jesse Tree ornaments I made.
- The Story of Creation: Genesis 1
- Adam and Eve: Genesis 2:4-24
- Noah and the Ark: Genesis 6-9
- Abraham: Genesis 12
- Isaac: Genesis 22
- Jacob: Genesis 28: 10-22
- Joseph: Genesis 37
- Moses: Exodus 3
- The Passover: Exodus 11-13
- The Ten Commandments: Exodus 19
- Joshua: Joshua 2:6
- Gideon: Judges 6-8
- Ruth: Ruth 1:15-18 and 2:1-12
- Jesse: Isaiah 11:1-10
- Samuel: 1 Samuel 3
- David: 2 Samuel 5-6
- Solomon: 1 Kings 3:3-15
- Elijah: 1 Kings 18
- Hezekiah: 2 Kings 16:1-4
- Jeremiah: Jeremiah 7
- Daniel: Daniel 6: 1-23
- Jonah: Jonah 1-4
- Habakkuk: 2 Kings 24-25
- Nehemiah: Nehemiah 8-9
- John the Baptist: Mark 1:1-18
- Mary: Luke 1:26-38
- Elizabeth: Luke 1:40-45
- Joseph: Matthew 1:18-25
- Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
- Baby Jesus: Luke 2:8-14
- Jesus Christ: John 1:1-34
Now, it’s important you know two things.
This first thing to note is every year there are a different amount of days in Advent. That means some years you will not use every single ornament. The most days possible in Advent is 31. In my opinion the last 7 are important to Jesse Tree as well as the first 10. When we encounter fewer days of Advent generally, I take out the ones in the middle. There is no rhyme or reason to which you choose and which you don’t.
The second important thing you should know is while my kids are young, I paraphrase these bible versus so we can discuss what the ornament means in language they’ll be able to retain (hopefully). You do not have to read the bible passages, you can do things your own way as long as you’re still teaching each ornaments’ importance.
Will you be doing the Jesse Tree in your home this year?