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The Jesse Tree
The Perfect Advent Craft

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The Jesse Tree illustrates through Advent Ornaments the relationship between Jesse, the father of David and the first person in the genealogy of Jesus, and Jesus himself. Several ornaments are used to represent each person in the lineage of Jesus.

The ornament that represents Mary is very special. Her ornament is placed near the top of the tree directly beneath Jesus' ornament. This special place near the top of the tree illustrates the importance of Mary by showing that she is the “shoot of Jesse” through whom Jesus was born.

The way the Jesse Tree craft takes shape can range from simple to elaborate. Some great starter kits would be something like Jesse-Tree Kit or Jesse-Tree Ornament Kit.

that will guide you through this Advent craft activity and often times contain all the materials you need to make the ornaments.

This children's book, Celebrating Advent with the Jesse Tree, may also be helpful in creating your Jesse-Tree.

Or you can be creative and do it your own way using construction paper, fabric, magazine cut-outs, or even hand-painting the symbols onto glass balls... the sky is the limit.

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If you are making Jesse-Tree ornaments yourself and not using a kit, follow the guide below. Use a branch from a tree or a small evergreen as your Jesse-Tree.

Here is a guide that can be followed for the figures of Jesus' descendants and a symbol to create an ornament for each one...

Figure/Event - Creation, ornament symbol - the earth
Figure - Adam and Eve, ornament symbol - The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
Figure/Event - Fall of Man, ornament symbol - apple with bite
Figure - Noah, ornament symbol - rainbow
Figure - Abraham, ornament symbol - sword
Figure - Isaac, ornament symbol - bundle of wood
Figure - Jacob, ornament symbol - ladder
Figure - Joseph, ornament symbol - colorful tunic
Figure - Moses, ornament symbol - Ten Commandment tablets
Figure - Samuel, ornament symbol - lamp
Figure - Jesse, ornament symbol - shepherd's staff
Figure - David, ornament symbol - 6-pointed star
Figure - Solomon, ornament symbol - scales of justice
Figure - St. Joseph, ornament symbol - hammer
Figure - The Blessed Virgin Mary, ornament symbol - Immaculate Heart
Figure - St. John the Baptist, ornament symbol - shell with water

Home Made Jesse Tree

Everyone wants to see your Jesse Tree. So please share a picture and tell us what materials you used. Tell us all about it!
  • What material did you use for your ornaments?
  • How did you do it, step by step?
  • How long did it take you to make your Jesse Tree?
  • What symbols did you use?
  • Did you follow the figures above or choose your own?
  • Did you take the opportunity to learn more about Jesus or teach a lesson to children as you made your Jesse Tree? How?
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To learn more about Advent and the purpose of this Liturgical Season, click here...

Related Pages

Advent Wreaths
Observing Advent
Liturgical Calendar
The Third Joyful Mystery - The Nativity

How Did Your Jesse Tree Take Shape?

Here you can read about Jesse Tree crafts created by other visitors who comprise our Rosary Community or share your own Jesse Tree craft. You can share your project step by step for others to follow, or get ideas on how to make your own Jesse Tree from others in our Rosary community.

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Take A Peek At Other People's Jesse Tree Projects

Click the titles below to read about how others in our Rosary Community put together their Jesse Trees. You may want to imitate some of their ideas and make a Jesse Tree of your own...

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