34 Comments on Make a Jesse Tree Advent Calendar to Celebrate Christmas this Year
This is perfect for my Special Needs Catechism class tonight! Thanks so much for posting this online! I will let you know how it goes, but this will “connect the dots” for my special kids! God bless!
Great! That makes me so happy to hear it’s useful for others!
Using this for my 6th grade religious education class tonight. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much!!!
This is great for a very busy, work-from home, Mom who homeschools!! I was looking for something relatively easy…thank you for posting. We are going to try it.
I hope the kids like it. We have a mini table top tree too. I think that would make a great Jesse tree. The kids could use paper clips to hang the ornaments when they are done coloring them. Let me know how it goes!
Thank you for sharing. How can we download the black and white ornaments?
I have been wanting to have a Jesse Tree for a few years. This allows the kids to participate, but also makes it manageable & enjoyable for all.
I’ve updated the post. If you take a look at the image of the black and white ones there is now a link in the caption. To download you have to go to page 4. On the bottom of that page there’s a table that lists all the downloads. Choose all the pages on the right side of that table. That should do it! Glad you like them.
Can you please post the flipped ornaments? I would like to try to iron them on felt. What an awesome idea!
Sure! I’m sorry for the delay. I was busy posting a promo for a free jar of honey giveaway. I’ve got that post up and running. You can see an image for it in the top right corner of the web site. Click on it if you’d like to enter to win. I’ve made a convenient PDF booklet with all the inverted images and uploaded it here: Jesse tree inverted images for iron on transfer Let me know how it goes. I was afraid the images wouldn’t transfer well on felt, so I used a regular poly/cotton blend. I was very happy with the result. I thought I would need to hot glue them to felt pieces to get them to stick, but they hold up there nicely on their own. I haven’t had one fall off yet.
Caryn, great Jesse tree…I’m currently in the process of putting ours together. I would love to know what readings you use so that they match the ornaments easily. I clicked on the link for Christine Johnson’s readings but it took me to a google account sign in page. Any ideas on how to get the readings? Thanks.
I subscribed to her blog and I’m getting a daily email with the readings!
This is great, thank you for sharing your work. I’ve popped a link on my Social Spirituality Facebook page to encourage others to check out your post too.
Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful talents in making the Jesse Tree
available! I am excited to share it with my grandson, his Christian school and our church…..Blessings of Advent and at Christmas.
Thank you Brooks! Please send pictures of your Jesse Trees! I would love to see them. I’m very happy to know that people are using them and enjoying them.
Thank you so much for these, I plan to use them for my 2nd grade Religious Education Class today, its always easier to teach them something when there’s a fun craft involved!
That’s great! I am so glad you shared your thoughts. I have a second grader, too. He is loving the Jesse tree project. We are using a children’s Catholic Bible. It has made the devotion time a lot easier for the boys. The discussions we are having are very interesting. I am so glad we decided to make this a family tradition in our house. Have a great time with your class tonight. They are preparing for their first communion this year, aren’t they?
Hello Caryn…thank you so much for sharing these..they are beautiful! I first heard of the Jesse Tree last year but I didn’t have the time to do it. I am so glad that I have this year, my 6 year old daughter is really enjoying it. She looks forward to putting on the ornament each evening and it is amazing when I recap what we did previously she actually remembers! God’s blessings to you and yours in this Holy Season and I pray that the New Year brings you much love and happiness.
Would anyone know where I could get a cross stitch pattern to make the Jesse Tree ornaments?
This is the first year that we will be doing a Jesse Tree. I myself am a cradle Catholic, but to my sadness I never knew what that was! This is an excellent way to know Jesus’ family and who he is as well as a wonderful Advent tradition.
This is my first year doing a Jesse Tree also. I am currently converting to Catholicism, and this will be the first year we are celebrating Christmas as something other than a secular holiday. I’m so excited to use the ornaments you provided! I printed them small and will use them on an Advent calendar I already have that has a small felt Christmas tree on the top. It has pockets on each day with a small velcro ornament in each (we used it last year just to countdown the days), so I’ll just use these instead! Thank you so much for providing these.
Thanks for sharing, Amy. I was an RCIA convert too, at age 20. I was baptized as an infant but never received my communion or confirmation as a child. This is one of the reasons why I felt so compelled to create traditions that share the true meaning of Christmas with my own 4 kids. I wanted a meaningful activity that we could do as a family that would teach them what Christmas is all about. The Jesse Tree does this so beautifully. We use a picture Bible every night of advent. I love your idea of using them for a small advent calendar you already have. That’s a great idea.
Have you thought about an tent for Abraham? I have seen this mentioned several time for a symbol for Abraham (and Sarah). I love your illustrations, and would love to use the tent symbol!
I am planning an Advent prayer service for grades 1-3 Faith Formation classes.
Hi! Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas….Sorry for this question: How could I transfer the coloured ornaments to felt with an iron?
Thanks again and God bless!
Thank you so much! I am using this in my classroom! It’s so great because I have a new student who literally pointed at our classroom crucifix and asked, “Sister, what’s that?” Her parents are enthusiastic about her becoming baptized in the Church. So this gives her and the other class a good background in scripture.
Thank you! I printed 2 copies to have my kids color each day and will use these in the future for our Jessie tree! I made some last year but I want to have the kids “own” the project and I love that you did the traditional o’antiphones! I never did any of this as a child and it is so enriching to my faith now!
These are so beautiful! I’m so excited! I never knew I could iron onto felt. I make felt stories for my classes, and so this is great to know. I am using “Jolee’s Boutique Easy image transfer sheets for inket printers (For Light Fabrics), by Wilton”. I’m following the instructions provided inside the Wilton package, and it’s working like magic. Be sure to use white felt. Also, I have been attempting to make a felt Jesse tree for my family for a while now, and so I am very thankful you have shared your talents. You even provided the mirror image for iron transfers – super helpful! You have inspired me to make an heirloom Jesse tree too.
Hi, I’m designing Powerpoint slides for primary school Religious Education. Am I able to use your Jesse Tree illustrations? Thanks,
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I would love to do a Jesse Tree for myself and a family that lives nearby, with the print and color version of your ornaments. I have an old computer that runs Windows XP, and cannot download them. Any suggestions or help?.
I love these drawings! I plan to use them in an Advent worship service that will be lead by my second graders. May I please make extra copies to send home with parishoners (for free)? Your website of http://healthy-family.org will be on each page.
Hi Caryn I wanted to download all the Jesse Tree ornaments you made. They are beautiful and perfect for my grade one student to colour. The page 3 December 11-December 16 black and white link will not download. When I try it says the page is damaged. Is there any way you could send me a corrected black and white page?