Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Advent Jesse Tree

Last year, I read a few blogs where the people were doing Jesse Advent Trees.  I thought it would be a great tradition to start with our family.  The Advent Jesse Tree seeks to tell the story of God's redemptive plan for the world thought 25 symbols from the Old and New Testament.  The symbols trace the heritage of Jesus Christ from the beginning of creation.

So, throughout the year, we have been collecting ornaments that go along with the book.
The book tells you what ornament to buy/make, and then we went on a hunt.  I was able to find most of them online (mostly on Etsy - they make some beautiful home made ornaments) and a few we made.

So today is the first day of Advent.  We hung our first ornament today.  The first ornament is a globe.
 This first symbol takes us back to Christ's pre-existence before all of creation. The first chapter in the book is called "The Light in Creation".  The have a children's devotion in the book that we read and talked about and then we hung the first ornament on the tree.
You will notice our tree has red and silver bulbs on it.  I got this 6 foot Christmas tree last year after Christmas for like $5.  It is perfect for our advent tree, but it is a bit big for 25 ornaments, only.  So - we added a little color. :)

Each day I will share the bulb we are putting on the tree and the name of the Devotion.  I think it is a great way to mix the excitement with Christmas with the true meaning we celebrate as Christians.  And Arlington, especially, loves the stories and the idea.  So it has been fun.

"In the Beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."  Genesis 1:1

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