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Thursday, December 11, 2008

First Show and Tell Friday....

I wanted to tell you about our Jesse Tree and I also wanted to participate in Kelli's Show and Tell Friday, so I combined the two and here it is. I love Kelli's blog. She is so real, down to earth, and incredibly creative. Go and check her out if you haven't already.

Ok, here is our Jesse Tree in all his glory. I want to show you the picture and then explain the concept.

First, we took a branch from a tree outside and stuck it in one of my milk bottles with some beans for stability. It of course, needed a nice red bow.LOL Then I printed our ornaments for each night and laminated them to go on the tree. Now, every night from Nov. 30 until Dec. 25 we have a devotional that pertains to some promise that God gave having to do with our need for a Saviour. Each one of these ornaments, that we add to the tree nightly, coincides with the promise for that night. So like last night we read the story of Samuel anointing David as king.(1 Samuel 16:1-13) The ornament we hung was a horn filled with anointing oil.

I have really been searching for something that sets this season apart from what the "World" looks like and for us the Jesse Tree has done it. It has been a great time of really seeing how the whole Bible is set up to show us our great need of redemption and how Jesus is that redemption.

I got mine from Graham Family Ministries. I ordered their 12 week holiday planner and the Jesse Tree was part of the planner. However, the devotions are very young and next year I may make them a little more meaty.

Here are some other great sites for Jesse Tree stuff:
http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/2008/11/jesse-tree.html ( this is Shannon at rocks in my dryer's post on her Jesse Tree) http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/

Here is a list of blogs that refer to the Jesse Tree:

I hope you enjoy our Jesse Tree and go and visit Kelli and the other Show and Tell's.

**************Oh, and check out the snow pictures that I posted yesterday, we got about 4 inches. Which is unbelievable for Mississippi.*********************************************

Have a great day!!!

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Walking on Sunshine... said...

Thanks for sharing. Never heard of a Jesse Tree before, very nice to learn something new. Nice blog..my husband is also in the military and was in Iraq 2 years ago. He's now stationed here at home training troops that go overseas. Enjoy your day!

gloria said...

Oh I love this idea! I may need to incorporate this in our Christmas season next year! Thank you so much for sharing with us all!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Great idea! Wow you got quite a bit of snow!


Julieann said...

I love your Jesse Tree!!!


Grammy said...

What a wonderful ideal

Lisa Ann said...

That is so cool. I've never heard of a Jesse Tree before.
Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Lora said...

Your Jesse tree is great! Maybe we can do one next year.

Your snow pics are so pretty, too. I'm hoping that all of this Southern snow means we're going to get a REAL winter this year:) You should definitely use that last shot for your Christmas cards:)

HeathahLee said...

I had never heard of a Jesse Tree until this year, and now I'm seeing them all over the place! I want to do this next year! Can you give us each day's ornament and verse in maybe a sidebar or maybe a post after Christmas?

A Hint of Home said...

What a wonderful concept! I have not heard of this before but it so needed to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Kelli said...

Wonderful idea...your tree looks great!

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

That is just beautiful! We made a Jesus tree this year and made ornament with many of the names of our Lord and hung them on the tree. Then each night, we pick an ornament and read the scripture that tells about His name. It has been lots of fun too!


Lady Katherine said...

What a lovely idea with the tree!

Alice said...

Awesome! Never heard of anything like this, but I love it! What a meaningful time of sharing and learning together. God is awesome! and you get to do it in such a fun way :). Merry Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

You are always welcome at The Shadow of the Cross. Feel free to visit anytime.

Rue said...

Hi Trixi :)

What a sweet idea!

I can't believe you ended up getting that much snow!!! In Mississippi?! Beautiful pictures too :)

I laughed when you said you spend a few days tweaking the tree, because I do too. Kids always want to decorate in their eye path LOL


The Berry's Patch said...

Hi Mrs. Trixi! Your blog has changed. It looks great! I love your pictures with the snow. The kids look they are having fun. My kids would love to play in snow but we have to travel a ways to find it. :-)

Charm and Grace said...

Oh I love your new blog header and all that it says! I was blown away by your snow pictures.... in southern Mississippi.... now whodathunkit? If we could get just a little here, I would love it so much.

I love your Jesse Tree idea, and I relate so much to your aforementioned struggles surrounding this time of year. We (my family) all love Christmas, decorate, do the celebrations... while struggling to put Christ in His rightful place over and in all those things. I am thankful for homeschooling and the gift of time to really focus on the important things this time of year.