The Jesse Tree: Ummmmm…this isn’t going as planned.

Hello Friends!

This Jesse Tree adventure has been a learning curve for me. And being the perfectionist that I am, who HAS to see patterns and meaning in anything like this, I’m getting frustrated really easily with this tool.

It’s Day 5 and I am already giving up on Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, by Ann Voscamp. It is WAY too ecumenical for our family. Almost every story is leaving out KEY Scriptures. And there are omissions that I just can’t get past, (like the fact that Abraham was blessed because of OBEDIENCE, not just because he was “special.”)

Anyway, mid-week, we are switching to The Jesse Tree, by Geraldine McCaughrean as our primary outline. I love the story format better in this book and the symbolism is more clear. I can already foresee one or two changes that I will need to make with this one as well, but Shane and I already feel better about this.

Did you know that the Jesse Tree concept has been around for more than 1000 years? Basically every early Christian church had one in some form, be it a carving or stained glass, etc. Because many people were illiterate and unable to read the Bible for themselves, the Jesse Tree gave pictures that allowed people to follow the whole story from Creation to the Birth of the Savior.

Knowing this has given clarification that I was lacking. And it helps me to hone in and focus on what we want to cover in these 24 days leading up to Christmas.

PLEASE bear with all of the hiccups this year. Our 2017 Jesse Tree should look less confusing…I hope!

Blessings and much love, 



2 thoughts on “The Jesse Tree: Ummmmm…this isn’t going as planned.

  1. No worries, Glenda! I am super blessed you are doing this, because I couldn’t really find a SIMPLE easy, outline anywhere else.

    We actually read the book you are switching to a couple of years ago and I liked it, except for the older gentlemen’s attitude (the one telling the stories). We aren’t reading a book this year, just following your scripture outline and doing the activities. Super simple, but it’s been peaceful so far. The children love painting the ornaments!

    1. Oh, good! Yes, the older gentleman is cantankerous to say the least, but since I’m reading aloud, I can soften it a bit. I’m excited that you’re doing this, too!

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