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Many people ask this time of year, “What is a Jesse Tree?”

What is a Jesse Tree? And FREE devotion!


The Jesse Tree gets its name from the verses in Isaiah 11: 1.

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

The Jesse Tree is a FUN way to explain the story of Jesus’ genealogy and the history of God’s plan of salvation. It starts with creation to the birth of Jesus, concentrating on the imperative points in Scripture such as the fall of Adam and Eve, the flood,  and the lineage from Jesse to Jesus.

Each day during Advent there is an ornament that goes along with a specific scripture.

There is no right or wrong way to do a Jesse Tree.  There are so many different ideas out there, so do what works best for your family. Please don’t worry if you skip a day. This is not supposed to be stressful, but enlightening for you and your children. Have FUN and marvel in HIStory.

Since the number of days in Advent vary each year, there are a total of 29 scripture readings and ornaments. You might want to skip a few days or throw a few extra readings on Sundays. The option is yours.

Here’s how it works for us:

    • I print all the ornaments and cut them out. I place all of them in a basket.
    • We rotate each day who reads the scheduled scripture for the day.
    • One child finds the correct ornament that goes along with the scripture and places it on our little Jesse Tree.
    • We discuss how the concept applies to our lives today and we say a prayer.

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So now you know what a Jesse Tree entails. Feel free to ask me any questions. We have been doing the Jesse Tree for years in our home.