Saturday, December 1, 2012

Counting Down the Days - Jesse Tree Day 1

We (meaning my wonderfully helpful and capable staff children) hauled up the Christmas boxes from the basement storage room today. The last several years Caitlin has been the overseer in the Christmas decorating department. She does a marvelous job. Next year she will have a home of her own to decorate, so it's a bit melancholy I'm feeling this first day of December. A mixture of joy and sadness, memories and hope for the future.

Speaking of memories, a few Christmas ago I posted about Christmas memories and traditions in which I told you about a new tradition we started. We begin each December 1st hanging an ornament that represents a scripture that points to the birth of Jesus Christ on our Jesse Tree. Actually, its a pine garland draped over a doorway in the main walkway of our home. Each evening for 25 days we take out an ornament and read a corresponding Bible passage and follow the journey that leads to Bethlehem.

The Light in Creation
Day 1 - the Earth

Day 1:  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

Come Christmas Day our 'Jesse Tree' will look something like this
Come follow along as we count down the days until Christmas. I'll be back tomorrow with an ornament and scripture reading for Day 2. I hope you'll find special meaning in the Words we share and the symbols we display.


  1. Oooh, I am excited to follow this and get ideas for our family. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi Sara, hope you enjoy our little study this month. It's a fun tradition that teaches all of us something new every year. Merry Christmas!

  3. Your Jesse tree ornaments are so much nicer than ours! I just printed off pictures and laminated them which doesn't present nearly as pretty as yours do. I might have to revisit this little craft project! I can imagine this year would be tinged with the tiniest bit of sadness as you anticipate your daughter leaving home by next Christmas. My day is coming, and while I know it is as it should be, I am in no way looking forward to it!

  4. Thank you Kasey. I'm glad you are enjoying them. I must confess, though -- only a couple of these have been made by me and mine. The rest were from MOMYS families. We participated twice in an ornament exchange. Hhmmm, that just might be a post to wrap up this series!


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