Advent Resources | The Jesse Tree

Do you know the history of the Jesse Tree?  The significance behind the branches? 

Read about the tradition of the Jesse Tree and how you can make your own in celebration of this year's Advent season here.

What is a Jesse Tree? It is a tree branch decorated with symbols representing the stories of people in Jesus' family tree. In Isaiah 11:1 we read, "A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots." Jesse was the father of David, Israel's greatest king. And it was from David's lineage that Jesus came. That's where the idea of using a Jesse Tree to celebrate Advent came from. Before a symbol is hung on the branch, a Bible passage or a story from a story Bible is read.

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