This is the first year that I've actually celebrated Advent in the traditional way,
tracing the foretelling of the birth of Christ through the Bible using
Ann Voskamp's beautiful book, The Greatest Gift.
(Though I'm very familiar with the fact that the whole Bible points to Jesus.)
In Ann's book is a code to download ornaments you can make for a Jesse tree,
referring to the passage in Isaiah 11:1 of the Messiah's coming from the root of Jesse,
King David's father.
A few years ago I did a different take on a Jesse Tree or Branch, as I called it,
which you can see here.
I used a branch and counted to Christmas by adding one of the names/titles of Jesus
for every day of December through the twenty-fifth.
Jesus -Matthew 1:21
Savior-1 John 4:14
Son of God- Luke 1:32-35
Son of Man-Matthew 18:11
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
My Beloved-Song of Solomon 7:10
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
On the front of the tag is written the name/title,
and on the back is the scripture reference where the name is found.
This year, instead of a branch, I have a wee little tree placed inside an old enamelware pitcher.
And while I'm following along through Advent with Ann's book,
I'm still still doing my own version of a Jesse Tree.
So whether you use Ann's book and ornaments or this idea,
it's not too late to join in and make your countdown to Christmas, Christ centered.
Be sure to click on the photo below to see how to enter my giveaway of this beautiful Ghanaian Market basket!
I'm linking at some of these wonderful places...