Every year I anticipate Christmas like a little kid does. My husband laughs at how ridiculously giddy and happy I get this time of year. It's not just for Christmas Day though, it's the preparations, the decorating, the traditions and the quality time spent with others. This time of year is about preparing for our Lord's birthday. Christmas is the ultimate birthday, but instead of just preparing all of the decorations and favors, aka the gifts and house decorations, we have to prepare our minds and hearts too. One way we can do this is with the Jesse Tree.

I know, I know, when I hear Jesse Tree and relating it to my adult life, I kind of scoff at the thought of it. But, we are called to have a childlike faith, and what better way to get ready for the ultimate birthday party than to prepare with the heart of a child. Now stop for a minute, we the writers of Heart of Mary are in no way going to treat you like children. And we, are in no way going to make this a ‘children’s study.’ We fully intend to still make this about our preparation for the best Christmas gift.

So, what is a Jesse Tree? Jesse Tree helps us connect the tradition of decorating our Christmas Trees with the events that lead to the Birth of our Lord and Savior.

It actually originates from Isaiah 11:1

                                  “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”

Jesse was the father of King David and is often looked upon as the first person in the genealogy of Jesus. OUR GENEALOGY. The ornaments/images that are paired with each day are branches of our history. They are branches of who we are and are the root of our faith. The images and ornaments represent people, prophecies and events leading up to the birth of Jesus. These ornaments also tell the story of God from the Old Testament, and connect it to the Advent season and how God has been faithful thousands of years later.  

They show how deep our roots grow and how deep our faith is. So, for a little kid, this is just a story. But for you and me, this is our faith. This is our life. The Jesse Tree is who we are. So, will you dive into preparing for the Lord’s birthday with me by learning more about who we are? Are you ready to see how God is ever so faithful?

God bless you-Elizabeth

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