Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jesse Tree

Now that it's Advent, the Mrs. and I were discussing ways to keep a better Advent/Christmas season. One idea that we're considering is doing a Jesse Tree.

There are some rather famous examples, like at St. Etienne, Canterbury, and Notre Dame; and there are the more mundane examples that involve felt, construction paper, and paper ornaments, which is more what I had in mind.

The Jesse Tree draws out in readings and symbols the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus (who is of Jesse's line) while linking the Old and New Testaments. Jesse was the father of King David. Christmas trees celebrate Christmas, but a Jesse tree celebrates Advent. How better to celebrate the waiting associated with Advent?

Have you had any experiences with Jesse trees or other Advent traditions, especially with your children? I'd love to hear them.

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