Friday, December 2, 2011

Jesse Tree Advent Project

The girls and I are doing a Jesse Tree this year. Basically, you make ornaments that match readings in the Old Testament. There are a number of web sites that can help you with the project. I'll give you links to three that I found: 
1 You can find Jesse Tree instructions at CatholicCulture.org
2 Or this site, which has  everything you need for the Jesse Tree project.
3 Here's a super nice one with instructions to make a Jesse tree with the ornaments on wooden disks.

It's quite the devotional because you journey through the old Old Testament.

We get to color and cut out the ornaments. I have each girl take turns looking up and reading the Bible passage that matches the particular ornament. (Good practice finding the chapter and verse.)

And of course we discuss the passages.

We do the Jesse Tree every couple of years at Advent and each time they get a little more out of it. It's nice this time of year because Advent is a time of waiting for Christ and, in a way, the Old Testament was a very long Advent--the people of God waiting for the Savior.
Working on the Jesse Tree Project

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