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Advent begins on
the Sunday four weeks before Christmas Day. The word "Advent" means
"coming." It refers to the coming of Jesus, the promised Messiah. The use of a Jesse Tree during the Advent season is a great way to
"show and tell" the redemption story and the "coming" of the promised Savior!
Trees date back to the middle ages. Even some ancient cathedrals have Jesse Tree
designs in their stained glass windows. The idea for a Jesse Tree is inspired
from Isaiah 11:1, A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his
roots a branch will bear fruit. (Jesse was the father of King David.) In
Matthew chapter one, the Messiah, Jesus, is traced from the line of King David,
back to Abraham.
Tree ornaments depict the Messianic line of Jesus from the Old and New
Testaments, and tell the redemption story. To
make a Jesse Tree, choose
an interesting tree branch from which to hang your ornaments, and then anchor it
in a bucket of sand; sew fabric ornaments onto a tree-shaped banner; or hang the
ornaments onto a traditional Christmas tree. (Unlike a
Tree ornament, you can
decorate Jesse Tree ornaments using various colors and adornments.)