Posted by: Katie Cottle | November 25, 2009

Jesse Tree: An Introduction

What is a Jesse Tree?

“Jesse Tree” comes from Isaiah 11:1-2

 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—

the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and of power,

the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD”

 This “tree” is a way of preparing our family’s hearts for the true “Reason for the Season”.  There will be a daily devotional, with an accompanying ornament, for each day from the 29th of November to the 25th of December!

So, if you are doing the math, you see that you will need 27 ornaments to help your child visualize the accompanying devotional.  That sounds overwhelming to me and probably you too –  BUT –


So, to make this task much more achievable, I organized a SWAP through my local Mom’s Group.  A special thanks to my friend Sally for sharing the swap info with me!  Each person was responsible for providing 27 identical ornaments.  After a fun MNO (mom’s night out) each lady took home a complete set of ornaments!  We had such an incredible response that we made 2 complete sets!  The night of our swap there were 1458 ornaments there!!!  Pretty amazing sight!  Not as great as the smile on our kiddos’ faces when we brought our ornaments home to share with them.

I am going to share the devotional and accompanying ornament made/bought by one of our swap memebers over the next few weeks.  I am also going to share how our family is going to utilize our Jesse Tree. 

If you would like more information, please email me at and I will be happy to email you all the information I gathered to organize this swap!

I am going to share some resources that were a great starting point for our group:

Devotionals:  If you would like these in a word format, please email me and Iwill send them to you! 

Ideas for making your ornaments

A Blog with more information on the Jesse Tree project:  Rocks in my dryer

Pictures from the above blog

A great printout/activity page for your child to learn more about/introduce the Jesse Tree

Be looking for more information and pictures . . .



  1. […] Part One:  What is a Jesse Tree, etc […]

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