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Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's a Wonder*Filled Christmas! {Day FOUR}

Being Sunday and all, I wanted to create a faith-based project today.
It's a tradition I have wanted to start for the last couple years,
and finally got around to it...wonder why?!

Ethan is ready for it, the little guys won't understand
just yet, but well we'll break it in for them,
and it'll be ready when they're ready!

{Day FOUR: Jesse Tree}

First why is it called a Jesse tree?  

The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1-2

Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot - 
yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root. 
{Jesse was King David's father}
And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him - 
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.

What do you do with the Jesse tree?

Every day from the last day of November through Christmas
you place an ornament on the tree and read a devotional.  
It's like an advent calendar, except it goes through the 
Bible from creation to Jesus' coming.

It makes me heart happy thinking we will be doing this
throughout the Christmas Season. 
There is always so much to do to throw you off center 
during Christmas time.  I think this is a great way to refocus.

We are a few days off the first, but I don't think
there is any fine for needing to catch up!
It will be perfect to read and light our advent wreath.

Mainly I am happy to start new traditions.
Ones this boy and his brothers can pass onto their own families.
Imprinting CHRISTmas, isn't that what it's all about?

What kind of tree should I use?

It can be as creative as you want, as simple,
you decide.  I know some use a smaller artificial Christmas trees,
some the mini real trees, others gathered branches.

In fact that is what I used.  Just spray painted them 
with some metallic silver spray paint I had for another project, 
Glitter Blast from Krylon would be so pretty too.
Put the branches into a glass vessel with some epsom salt snow
and all set!  

I set ours up next to our nativity 
with a little dish containing all of our ornaments.  

Where do I get the ornaments?

You can make them, buy them, being that it already 
started I needed to find something already done.

Ann Voskamp has a lovely advent devotional 
complete with ornaments if you subscribe to her RSS feed.
Easy enough because I promise you will want to devour her 
words anyway!  We link up to Ann weekly here.

So all we had to do was glue the paper ornaments
onto some metallic cardstock, punch a hole, thread some yarn
through on a bit more than two dozen times and we were ready to go!

Honestly it took Ethan and I about a half hour to do!

More detailed description of each day's devotional
and ornament symbol at

I would love to hear if you have a Jesse tree and what your tradition is with it!
Stop by tomorrow, for a super fun kid project.
Rhymes with grow robe. 
See you then.  Sweet dreams!

sharing our Jesse tree at...

The 36th Avenue



  1. Such a wonderful tradition! I love the daily devotion as a constant reminder throughout the season.

  2. I think this is a tradition we are going to have to start, too! We have never had a Jesse Tree, but I have always wanted to!

  3. Michelle ~

    What a great idea! We try so hard to teach our children the true meaning of CHRISTmas each year. I think we may need to start this tradition next year. If you'd like, I offered some free printables on my blog ~ Happy Birthday Jesus banners (one in blue & one in red) and some toppers to match!! Please share them if you'd like with your readers!! My blog is BellaGrey is one word. Have a Blessed Christmas & wonderful New Year!!

  4. I love this! Thank you for posting it. I have always wanted to do this. Perhaps this year since I'm trying to get organized early!

    I would love it if you would share this at my new 12 Days of Christmas in July linky party. You can link up here:

    I can’t wait to get organized for a peaceful and frugal holiday season!


I so appreciate your sweet thoughts and thank you for sharing. I always try to reply whether it be to your email or on one of your blog posts! Wishing you a wonder*filled day! Michelle

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