The Jesse Tree is a tradition that introduces Jesus’ ancestors. The Jesse Tree is named for Jesse, the father of King David. Stories from the Old Testament are told, and participants create symbols to hang on Jesus’ ‘family tree.’
One large tree can be created and brought into the church as part of the Advent decorations, or individual families can make a tree to take home.
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Using the Jesse Tree with young children
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"Making a Jesse Tree helps us understand that many people lived before Jesus was born. They waited for him, just as we wait for his birthday now. These people were good, holy people and have interesting stories! We will read a story and think of a symbol to make, something that will remind of the person. Then we will hang that symbol on the tree, and read another story."
The symbols depict the ancestors of Jesus or Old Testament events leading to Christ. Explain each and read related Scripture. The symbols can be drawn, made of clay or play dough, cut from cardboard, etc., then hung on the tree each day. Here's a table of Scripture Readings for the symbols.
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