Our Jesse Tree

If I had to pick a favourite from our family’s Advent traditions I think the Jesse Tree would probably be it. Before we were married I used to imagine one day doing it with my husband and children, I love it.


This is our Jesse Tree. I made it out of felt in 2009 when Mary was 2. I used giant panels of felt from our fabric store.


Our ornaments are also made out of felt. I didn’t follow any specific templates, I loosely based them off of Jessica’s examples.
Our children are only 5.5, 3.5, and 1 so we use a simple illustrated children’s bible (which appears to be out of print now but I really love it).

It’s got short, simple stories for every night, that are easy for our little one to understand.

For Mary we are going to stop our normal school routine for Advent and start working on a lapbook and the Jesse Tree study guide instead. I think she is ready for something a little more challenging this year. She has inherited my love for traditions so I know it’s going to be lots of fun.

Linking up with the Jesse Tree Link Up at Shower of Roses


Jesse Tree: Day 11

Solomon: 1 Kings 3:5-14, 16-28

Symbol: Scales of justice

From our God Loves Me Bible:
Solomon was a good king of Israel. He asked God to make him wise. God made Solomon very wise. God also made Solomon very rich. Solomon built a beautiful temple for God in Jerusalem. God loved Solomon.

Jesse Tree: Day 10

(please don’t laugh at my oil lamp… I tried!)

Samuel: 1 Sam. 3:1-18

Symbols: Oil lamp

From our God Loves Me Bible:
When Samuel was a little boy, he lived in the temple. One night he heard a voice calling his name- once, twice, then three times. When the voice called again, Samuel said, “Here I am, Lord.” Samuel listened to God. He obeyed God all of his life. God loved Samuel.

Jesse Tree: Day 9

Joshua: Joshua 6:2-5; Jos. 1,3,6-11)

Symbol: Sword & Trumpet

From our God Loves Me Bible:
Joshua was a great leader of the Israelites. He lead God’s people to the promised land. Joshua’s army conquered the city of Jericho. They marched around the city. They shouted and blew trumpets, and God made the walls of Jericho fall down. God loved Joshua.

Jesse Tree: Day 8

Moses: Ex. 2:1-10

Symbol: Stone Tablets/Ten Commandment

From our God Loves Me Bible:
Moses talked with God. Ge did whatever God told him to do. God spoke to moses from a burning bush. God told Moses to help his people the Israelites. Moses became a great leader of God’s people. God loves the leader Moses.

*side note: We would use this decoration during the O Antiphons which would start on the 17th of December but I don’t have anything to bring those down to something Mary could understand so we will stick with Jesus’ ancestors this year. Things are going wonderfully and Mary loves talking about each story while we look at the ornaments on our tree.

Jesse Tree: Day 7

Joseph: Gen. 37:23-28; 45:3-15

Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat

From our God Loves Me Bible:
Joseph was a special boy. He had a very colourful coat. He had very exciting dreams. But Joseph’s brothers didn’t like him. They sent Joseph far from home. But God kept Joseph safe. He made Joseph a great man in Egypt. God loved Joseph.

Jesse Tree: Day 6

Jacob: Gen. 25:1-34; 28:10-15

Symbols: Ladder

From our God Loves Me Bible:
Jacob had a dream. He saw a stairway going up to heaven. Angels walked up and down the stairway. And God stood at the very top. God spoke to Jacob. He promised to give Jacob a lot of land and many children. God promised never to leave Jacob. God loved Jacob.

Jesse Tree: Day 5

Abraham: Gen. 12:1-3

Symbol: Stars

From our God Loves Me Bible:
God chose Abraham to be the father of a special nation of people. God promised to give Abraham plenty of land. God promised Abraham as many children as there are stars in the sky. God loved Abraham.

Jesse Tree: Day 4

Noah: Gen. 6:5-8, 13-22; 7:17, 23, 24; 8:1, 6-22

Symbol: Ark

From our God Loves Me Bible:
Noah was God’s friend. He listened to God. God told Noah to build a big boat. Noah put his family in the boat. He put many animals in it too. When a terrible flood came, Noah and his family and the animals were safe inside the boat. God loved Noah and his family.

Jesse Tree: Day 3

Fall of Man: Gen. 3:1-7 and 23-24

Symbol: Serpent

We don’t have anything in our little bible for this, I will read to Mary from my bible and talk to her about it. I’ll explain that Jesus had to come as a little baby as a result of Adam and Eve not listening to God.