December 1, 2011

Jesse Tree

Today we will begin our annual study of the Jesse tree.  Starting with this verse we study the how God prepared the world for the arrival of the Messiah.  Each ornament has a reminder of the selected stories we will read about.  We did this when I was growing up.  Years ago, I started this tradition with my own children.  Each day in the month of December adding one ornament to the tree which reminds us that we want to focus on what God has, is and will do for us.

I found this book on last summer.
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Last Christmas we made a Jesse Tree out of felt using the patterns in this book.  My incredibly crafty friend, known here as Aunt Dawn, brought with her a beautiful gift when she arrived for Thanksgiving.  A hand painted set of ornaments for our Jesse Tree.
We are all looking forward to starting our study and remembering our dear Auntie as we add each ornament to our tree.
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:  
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.  
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.  
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."  Isaiah 11:1-9


  1. Oh, I remember doing the Jesse tree when we were younger! I've been trying to talk my mother into starting it again!

  2. That sounds like a wonderful idea, Mrs. Wachter! I love reading about all the Wachter holiday traditions -- y'all are so creative. :)

    Have a good evening,
    Elizabeth Rose