By the end of November our Thankful Tree was overflowing with gratitude. I couldn’t walk by it without stopping to be reminded of God’s faithfulness to our family, even on the most difficult of days.
Several years ago when Lora Lynn and I were new neighbors, both in the trenches or raising kiddos and homeschooling a small daycare all while trying to point our little people to Christ whenever possible she told me about the Jesse Tree.
Our Jesse Tree has taken on several different forms over the years depending on where we were in life. However, when our Christmas decorations didn’t make the packing list, I had to get creative. I stripped down the Thankful Tree and tonight it became our Jesse Tree.
The Jesse Tree represents the family tree, or genealogy of Christ. It tells the story of God’s salvation plan, beginning with creation and continuing through the Old Testament, to the coming of the Messiah. The name comes from Isaiah 11:1. The Jesse Tree serves as our family worship time for the month of December. We light some candles and after reading the devotional for the night one of the boys hangs the “ornament” on the tree.
This year we are using The Greatest Gift. We needed ornaments and this book comes with a free download to print all of your Jesse Tree ornaments. That was simple and this year….we needed simple. Another one of our favorites that works beautifully with children is The Expected One, it also comes as an app for only 99 cents, it doesn’t get much better than that. In my former life when I wasn’t a full time language student trying to master one of the most difficult languages in the world I had lots more free time and could browse Pintrest and Etsy until my eyes crossed and come up with lots of fun ideas. I would encourage you to browse away and make the tree your own if you’re into that sort of thing but a branch and some printed paper ornaments get the job done beautifully, I’m just sayin’. There are more options than I can even count but these are my favorite ornaments and all the work is done for you. It even comes with it’s own devotional guide for the season. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.
On a different note, here is a short video that our boys usually ask to watch over and over again. This one gets me misty eyed every time.