Do you have a Jesse Tree? My Grandma always had one. She would hang a large piece of cloth around her front room closet door. She'd pin all the handmade, foiled-covered Jesse Tree Ornaments to the fabric. They were lovely to look at, each one with its symbols that had been hand-painted (or maybe it was colored pencils) by Grandma. Mom has carried on the tradition, and has a Jesse Tree hanging in her house.
I never really understood the symbols when I was a child; however, now I 'get' it and want a Jesse Tree of my own. This requires a lot of planning on my part...something I didn't think about soon enough for this Christmas Season.
For now, I'm reading the devotions that correspond with the symbols. Grandma used Raymond Anderson's Jesse Tree Book. I want to keep that tradition alive in my family, so I'll be using this book next year when I make my ornaments. To read more about the Jesse Tree, follow one of these links: Jesse Tree Celebration of Advent or Jesse Tree as part of Advent
What Christmas traditions do you continue with your family?
Jesse Tree Readings
Dec. 1...Gen 6:11-22, 7:17-8:12, 20-9:17...symbol...Rainbow or Ark