The Jesse Tree

Your guide to the Advent tradition

What is Jesse Tree?

Jesse Tree is a way of preparing for Advent by journeying through the stories on Jesus’s family tree. Each day of Advent, read a Bible story about someone on Jesus’s family tree and hang an ornament symbolizing the story on your Jesse Tree. As you decorate your tree, you’ll see how God prepared for Jesus to be born through many generations.

Where does Jesse Tree come from?

The Jesse Tree tradition is rooted in Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of David, Israel’s greatest king. And Jesus is descended from the line of David. He is the branch God promised would grow from Jesse’s family tree. Each symbol represents a story from within this family tree and a step toward the birth of Jesus.

Jesse tree ornaments

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Plus, ideas for making your Jesse Tree

Use our printable set of 29 Jesse Tree ornaments for your Jesse Tree this year. The ornaments are available to color yourself or pre-colored.

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Go deeper with daily Advent devotions based on Jesse Tree Scripture readings:

Family devotions

Read these (printable) devotions with kids to show them how God prepared for Jesus’s birth for many generations. If your family is making a Jesse Tree, the devotions can help you explain the meaning behind the symbols to younger family members.

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Personal devotions

These daily devotions inspired by the Jesse Tree are designed for adults (or teenagers) who want to prepare for the birth of Christ by journeying through the stories in Jesus’s family. You can print them out or view them online.

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Get creative with these variations on the Jesse Tree tradition:

Instagram photo challenge

Celebrate Advent on Instagram through photos that reflect the daily Jesse Tree readings.

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Church Advent event

Offer an intergenerational activity to help church members prepare to celebrate Advent and Christmas.

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