When Mom brought out the Jesse Tree, it meant that Advent had finally arrived, and Christmas was coming soon! Hanging from little pegs on the back door, our Jesse Tree was a banner made from green silky fabric. It had bright red stitching and matching red fringe trim on the bottom. The tree itself was made of green felt, decorated with rickrack and sequins, and glued to the banner.
I can remember helping make the ornaments...I think I must've been about Rose's age. We cut shapes out of felt for the ornaments, and sequinned, glittered and beaded them into exquisite works of art (in my eyes!).
Each day, we read a little story from Scripture and a devotion, then pinned an ornament on the tree. As a little girl, these readings were very special and truly did make the message of Christmas vividly real for me.
And now as a grown Mama, it's very special for me to watch my children delight in it all!
I've had a few requests for the patterns and instructions for making our Jesse Tree, so even though we are already one week into the Advent season, I decided to post them anyway.
The patterns are actually my Mom's drawings, the same ones we used when I was a girl! She has graciously agreed to let me post them here for you to use :) (Thanks, Mom!)
Days 1-8 Days 9-16
Days 17-23 Days 24-25
The shapes can be traced and cut out of felt, then decorated with glitter, sequins, beads. OR, they can be simply cut out and decorated as paper ornaments.
(I had hopes of preparing these images before advent began, but I only had time to quickly scan them & post them as-is. There is quite a bit of shadowing and stray markings...but they should still work well as patterns, or for coloring in & decorating!)
There are many different ways of putting the tree together. One idea is to hang your ornaments (with ribbon) on a little miniature Christmas tree (the table-top kind). Or you could put them on your family's Christmas tree.
You could also make your own tree using twigs from your backyard in a vase or jar. We used this idea for our Thankful Tree this past Thanksgiving & loved how it turned out!
Another quick and easy option is to cut a Christmas tree out of wrapping paper or construction paper and tape your (paper) ornaments there.
Here are our daily Scripture readings. (Click here to download.)
Wishing you and your family an Advent season full of beautiful memories!