Participating in The Jesse Tree

What is the Jesse Tree?  Isaiah 11:1 states, “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”  Jesse is an ancestor of Jesus.  Using a tree of your choice you can place an ornament on the tree each day of Advent and trace the story of Jesus from creation to his birth.

The Jesse tree began in the Middle Ages with the use of stained glass windows.  People were illiterate, meaning they couldn’t read the Bible.  The windows were used as a way to teach the story of the Bible and trace the history to the birth of Jesus.

Go to > printable ornaments.  The ornaments can be printed either to be colored or already colored.  This is a great way to share the stories of the Bible with your family.  Begin on the first day of Advent until Christmas Day.


November 29     The Jesse Tree stump      Isaiah 11:1-2

November 30     Creation of humans Genesis      1:26-31

December 1         The Fall of Adam and Eve      Genesis 3

December 2        Noah’s Ark      Gen 6:11-14; 7:17-8:3; 9:8-13

December 3        The Promised Land      Genesis 12:1-7

December 4       God’s promise to Abraham      Genesis 15:1-6

December 5       Abraham sacrifices Issac      Genesis 22:1-14

December 6      Jacob’s dream      Genesis 28:10-22

December 7      Joseph      Genesis 37:1-36

December 8     The Ten Commandments      Deut 5:1-22

December 9     Ruth and Boaz      Ruth 2:1-4:12

December 10   God chooses David to be King      1 Samuel 16:1-15

December 11   David crowned King      2 Samuel 5:1-5

December 12   Solomon builds God’s temple      1 Kings 5:5; 6

December 13   Elijah & God’s triumph over Baal      1 Kings 18:17-24, 36-39

December 14   Esther saves her people      Esther 4

December 15   Isaiah’s prophecy of a Savior      Isaiah 9:2-7

December 16   Isaiah’s prophecy of the Second Coming      Isaiah 11:6-9

December 17   Jonah and the whale      Jonah 3:1-5

December 18   Daniel and the Lion’s Den      Daniel 6

December 19   Prophecy of the Savior born in Bethlehem      Micah 5:1-5

December 20   Elizabeth and Zechariah      Luke 1:5-25

December 21   John the Baptist      Matthew 3:1-6

December 22   God chooses Mary      Luke 1:26-38

December 23   Angel appears to Joseph      Matthew 1:18-25

December 24   Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem      Luke 2:1-5

December 25   JESUS IS BORN      Luke 2:6-21

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