Last night we did our introduction to The Jesse Tree. We have celebrated this Christmas tradition in our home for a few years. Every year I try to add to it and revise it so the girls stay interested in the stories. I will try to post the devotions later today for the week if you would like to add this tradition to your family celebration.
The first year we did the Jesse Tree, I made a tree out of construction paper and put it on an open wall. Each night my girls colored pictures from the Bible Story and we cut them out to hang on the tree. This year we are going to do a combination of pictures and ornaments to hang on their tree.
Here is the scripture and devotion from last night.
We began our devotion by filling out a family tree that I printed off here. We talked about how Jesus also has a family tree and Jesse the father of King David is where our Jesse Tree begins.
Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot will spring forth from
the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots."
The Jesse Tree begins today,
many stories we will share along the way.
It starts in the beginning when God created earth,
until we reach the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth.
We will hear stories from many years ago,
Many of the stories you will already know.
Adam and Eve and the apple tree,
Moses and the Israelites when God parted the Sea.
The wise men with gifts following a Star,
Mary and Joseph and their trip from afar.
The Christmas celebration lasts more than one day,
When we open the Bible to see what God will say.
Christmas means more than gifts under the tree,
Jesus came for a reason to save you and me.
1 Samuel 16:1-13