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Jesse Tree

The Jesse tree makes a fun and unique way to count down the days of advent. Traditionally, the Jesse tree consisted of a few evergreen sticks which were usually adorned with ornaments for each day of passing advent, but nowadays, they now take the form of an actually tree which can be either real or plastic. A Jesse tree can be used as a great decoration in your home over the festive period, but it is also more commonly used for the period of advent.


Traditionally advent is usually counted down on an advent wreath where a candle is lit once a week for the four weeks of advent, and then a fifth candle is sometimes lit on the eve of Christmas or Christmas day. A Jesse tree is different, because when you use a Jesse tree for the period of advent, you count down each day of the four week period instead of each week. On the day of each advent, a special decoration is usually added to the tree to symbolise the tradition and show your faith and devotion to the all important day which the advent period counts down to- the birth of Christ.


The ornaments which are placed on the Jesse tree are usually hand made, and this is a great project which you can involve the whole family in, the ornaments are usually simple paper ornaments, but you can also design ornaments from craft such as ornaments made from air drying clay or wood, it really is up to your own personal preference. The Jesse tree is a great way of counting down the days of advent because it is something which the whole family can get involved in, by taking it in turns putting an ornament on the tree each day.


The Jesse tree is also a good way to teach the children the story of advent and the importance of it in Christian tradition. Jesse trees come in all different sizes and styles, you can get a size which will suit your home and they range from 3 ft all the way up to 6 ft. traditionally, a Jesse tree is usually an evergreen but if you don’t want to use a real tree, then you can use a plastic one which can be re used each year.


You can find out more information about the tradition of the Jesse tree from the internet, you can also find information about how you can make your own Jesse tree and where you can buy them from. Making your own Jesse tree can be a really fun experience and it is something which you can get the whole family involved in, it is especially fun for the kids to do as it will help to calm their excitement leading up the Christmas period and it will help to remind them of the true meaning of Christmas. So what are you waiting for? Get searching today for your very own Jesse tree.

This article was published on Sunday 27 September, 2009.

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