Guess what else? Advent is right around the corner! If we start now, we'll be all set with our Advent resources and supplies on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, which is when Advent begins!
My family's been loving the Jesse tree tradition over the past few years. For a little history on the tradition, click here to Catholic Culture. Each advent, the immersion into scripture and the general fun at witnessing their crafts, simple though they are, brighten and bring the season to life in the ornaments on the tree, have become a cherished ritual.
~The Symbols/the Scriptures~First of all, here are the symbols as well as corresponding scripture verses for each day of Jess Tree ornament making~
December 1 Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4 Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth
December 2 Adam and Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24 Symbols: tree, man, woman
December 3 Fall of Man: Gen. 3:1-7 and 23-24 Symbols: tree, serpent, apple with bite
December 4 Noah: Gen. 6:5-8, 13-22; 7:17, 23, 24; 8:1, 6-22 Symbols: ark, animals, dove, rainbow
December 5 Abraham: Gen. 12:1-3 Symbols: torch, sword, mountain
December 6 Isaac: Gen. 22:1-14 Symbols: bundle of wood, altar, ram in bush
December 7 Jacob: Gen. 25:1-34; 28:10-15 Symbols: kettle, ladder
December 8 Joseph: Gen. 37:23-28; 45:3-15 Symbols: bucket, well, silver coins, tunic
December 9 Moses: Ex. 2:1-10 Symbols: baby in basket, river and rushes
December 10 Samuel: 1 Sam. 3:1-18 Symbols: lamp, temple
December 11 Jesse: 1 Sam. 16:1-13 Symbols: crimson robe, shepherd's staff
December 12 David: 1 Sam. 17:12-51 Symbols: slingshot, 6-pointed star
December 13 Solomon: 1 Kings 3:5-14, 16-28 Symbols: scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword
December 14 Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25 Symbols: hammer, saw, chisel, angle
December 15 Mary: Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38 Symbols: lily, crown of stars, pierced heart
December 16 John the Baptist: Mark 1:1-8 Symbols: shell with water, river
December 17 Jesus is Wisdom: Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus in old Bibles) 24:2; Wisdom 8:1Symbols: oil lamp, open book
December 18 Jesus is Lord: Ex. 3:2; 20:1 Symbols: burning bush, stone tablets
December 19 Jesus is Flower of Jesse: Isaiah 11:1-3 Symbols: flower, plant with flower
December 20 Jesus is Key of David: Isaiah 22:22 Symbols: key, broken chains
December 21 Jesus is the Radiant Dawn: Psalm 19:6-7 (in older Bibles this will be Psalm 18) Symbols: sun rising or high in sky
December 22 Jesus is King of the Gentiles: Psalm 2:7-8; Ephesians 2:14-20 Symbols: crown, scepter
December 23 Jesus is Emmanuel: Isaiah 7:14; 33:22 Symbols: tablets of stone, chalice and host
December 24 Jesus is Light of the World: John 1:1-14 Symbols: candle, flame, sun
~Scriptural Resources~Following, is a book I use ( which may be a bit juvenile this year for my kids.....we'll see how it goes) as well as the version of our Bible that we use to follow up and read the actual scripture verse supporting that ornament's "story."
The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean
There are so so many kits out there
one can guide her family or class to make their own ornaments,
based on that day's scripture verse.
This is what we use to copy,
color and then hang on the tree with glossy red ribbon.:
The Jesse Tree Kit by Lynn M Simms
I know my limitations in terms of time and crafty-ability.
This book is perfect for me and my family right now.
I bought a small 2 foot tree which we use as our Jesse Tree
and also our birthday tree at Michael's
a few years ago in January during a post Christmas sale.
But I did find an 18 inch tree here on amazon, which is pretty inexpensive, too...
For the sake of convenience, you might want to check it out.
Although, sometimes you can't beat those 40% coupons at Michael's!
(Yes, I am an amazon affiliate.)
~The "finished product" as well as
shots of the ornaments in the making~
These shots were taken 5 years ago!!
Our Advent wreath traditions as well as O Antiphon Days resources
will be coming soon.
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