A few years ago I participated in the Jesse Tree ornament exchange on the Orthodox Yahoo group. The following year I coordinated an exchange among ladies within my church. The result is we have quite a beautiful collection of ornaments!
To simplify things this year, I ditched my branch tree and decided our ornaments are going straight on the Christmas tree. To organize them, I purchased small metal tins from H*bby Lobby, and labeled them with the day they are to be opened. They are now sitting under our tree in our living room.
Adam and Eve
There are wonderful resources for readings out there, but this year we are blessed to have a set of readings written by the Queen's godfather. They are shortened from the Biblical readings, but stay true to the wording without simplifying the language of scripture, and we are loving them! Of course, they differ from the ones we have used in the past, so I am going to need to make a few new ornaments to coordinate with these new readings.
the Fall in the Garden
As we open them, I thought I would try to post each week photos of the ornaments from the previous week. The ornaments posted correspond to our readings for the first week of Advent, though I need to create an ornament to correspond to our readings from Job, as well as an ornament for the Tower of Babel.
God's Covenant with Noah
If you are looking for your own Jesse Tree readings, you can go to Mat. Emily's blog, where she has organized a series of readings from the Children's Bible Reader, as well as a set of coloring pages to correspond to the readings. There are also nice readings which can be found on Festal Celebrations.
"Behold, the Lord will pass by, and before the Lord, a great and powerful wind will be rending the mountains and shattering the rocks; but the Lord will not be in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there will be a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. After the fire, there will be a sound of a gentle breeze, and the Lord will be there."
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she may help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42