Advent Link.) It is so easy to get wrapped in all the business of the season and to never actually celebrate Christ's birth and all the God has done. This year, in order to help us focus everyday we are in the process of building a Jesse Tree. Jason made the tree frame and cut the ornaments out of wood. Our boys helped to sand the ornaments and they drilled the ribbon holes. Caroline and I have begun to decorate the ornaments and Trinity will have the job of stringing the ribbon through the ornaments so that we can hang them. It has been a fun process through which we have all been involved.
If you have never heard about this tradition the representation of the Jesse Tree is taken from the Bible, in Isaiah 11: 1
"A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit."
The tree is named after King David’s father, Jesse, with twenty-eight different ornaments that symbolize promises from God or milestones in the faith. Typically one ornament is placed on the tree for each day of Advent, but Advent can range from twenty-one to twenty-eight days depending on the year, so adjustments must be made to how many ornaments are placed on the branches each day. The ornaments are placed on the tree chronologically from creation through the birth of Christ, and they also are placed from the bottom of the tree to the top, so Christ is alone at the top of the tree on Christmas day. If you would like more information about the story of the Jesse tree and how to build one for your own family follow this link.
I will be posting our bible readings and a photo of our ornament each day throughout the advent season. If you already have a Jesse Tree I would love to hear about your tradition and if you decide to make one with your kids I would love to see photos.