Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jesse’s Branch…an advent idea

Three years ago I thought of this idea,

or maybe it would be more correct to say God planted this idea in my heart.

It’s a bit of a cross between a Jesse Tree and an Advent Calendar.

All it took was a branch and some simple tags purchased at an office supply store.

Then I chose 25 titles for Jesus and wrote each one on a tag,

with the scripture reference where the title is found on the other side of the tag.

Each day of December leading up to Christmas we add a tag to the Jesse’s Branch.

Each day we remember another aspect of Who He is and all that He does.





Here are the 25 Names/Titles of Jesus I chose with the scripture reference.

Jesus -Matthew 1:21
Savior-1 John 4:14
Son of God- Luke 1:32-35
Son of Man-Matthew 18:11
Redeemer-Job 19:25
King of Kings -1 Timothy 6:14-15
Lord of Lords-1 Timothy 6:14-15
Bread of Heaven-John 6:51
I Am-Exodus 3:14
Alpha and Omega-Revelation 1:8
The Word- John 1:1
The Way, The Truth, The Life- John 14:6
Lamb of God- John 1:29
The Door- John 10:7-10
Good Shepherd-John 10:11
The Deliverer-Romans 11:26
Friend-John 15:15
My Beloved-Song of Solomon 7:10
Bridegroom-Isaiah 62:5
Faithful Witness- Revelation 1:5-6
My Righteousness-1 Corinthians 1:30
Wisdom of God-1 Corinthians 1:30
Lion of Judah- Revelation 5:5

The idea has caught on in our church and now several of the families have added a Jesse’s Branch to their Christmas traditions.


Still Following,



  1. I love your idea. And the tags are such a lovely creative touch. Simple yet profound. Our Jesse Tree ornaments are still waiting on a tree. My boys have promised me it will happen today!

  2. I love this! I wish I had seen it sooner, but I could still possibly do some names of Jesus for the rest of the month. Really, I think this is just wonderful, especially for a family all "grown ups" like ours.

  3. Elizabeth,

    Fantastic! I wonder what it would look like to have a whole year of promises? Wouldn't that be an eye-opening exercise?

    Thank you for sharing your idea with the God-Bumps & God-Incidences community. Readers will be blessed by this.

  4. I love this idea. What a blessing you are to share this with us. Thank you.

  5. Lovely idea. I'm going to have to remember this.

  6. What a wonderful and pretty idea. I'm using an Advent app on my iPhone through this year's season. It's been a blessing.

  7. lovely idea...sweet ways for the kids to enter into the Holy season...

  8. Beautiful idea, Elizabeth--I want to give one of these to each of my grandchildren--maybe next year!

  9. Beautiful idea, Elizabeth--I want to give one of these to each of my grandchildren--maybe next year!

  10. I love your idea, and thank you for sharing it! We are doing our first year of a Jesse Tree this year--it has been wonderful.
    I will file your idea away for next year!
    Merry Christmas!

  11. Oh, I love this! So simple and so profound.

  12. What a wonderful idea....and not just Christmas but all year long, remembering what and who God is!

  13. I love this idea! I can do this! We might be late - but I can't wait!


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