I found myself constantly looking up the Jesse tree information, such as which ornament to use for a certain day and the topic order for the devotions. Each symbol in the table is linked to the ornament I designed for it, on Zazzle’s site.
I knew I needed a central location for this information, and here it is!
List of Jesse Tree Devotionals and Resources
Entries for symbols are linked to my Zazzle stickers for the Jesse tree ornaments (except for the Joseph’s coat, linked to a coat-shaped ornament); entries for the days are linked to the Jesse tree devotionals of 2011. You can find the scriptures in the translation version of your choice at BibleGateway.
Symbol/icon | Day/devotional link | Bible verse
|sprouting tree stump||1st Day||Isa.11:1-10|
|World Globe -Creation||2nd Day||Gen. 1:1 -2:3|
|apple -Adam||3rd Day||Gen. 3:1-19|
|rainbow -Noah||4th Day||Gen. 6|
|stars -Abraham||5th Day||Gen. 12:1-7|
|cradle -Sarah||6th Day||Gen. 21:1-7|
|ram or bundle of twigs-Isaac||7th Day||Gen. 22:1-19|
|ladder-Jacob||8th Day||Gen. 27:41|
|coat of colors- Joseph||9th Day||Gen. 37|
|scroll-law -Moses||10th Day||Ex. 2:1-10|
|Rahab-scarlet thread||11th Day||Josh. 2:1-21|
|Ruth- sheaf of wheat||12th Day||Ruth 1:15- 2:3|
|David-harp||13th Day||1 Sam. 16|
|King's crown- Son of David||14th Day||2 Samuel 7:14–16|
|lion- Daniel||15th Day||Daniel 6|
|tower- Habakkuk||16th Day||Habakkuk 2:1|
|whale- Sign of Jonah||17th Day||Luke 11:29|
|sceptre- Christ shall rule||18th Day||Genesis 49:10, Psalm 45:6-7|
|shell -John the Baptist||19th Day||Luke 3:16|
|heart||20th Day||Isaiah 9:6, Luke 1: 26-38|
|Joseph-carpenter tool||21st Day||Matt. 1:19-25|
|Bethlehem||22nd Day||Micah 5:1-2|
|Virgin Mary-lily||23rd Day||Luke 2:1-5, Isaiah 7:14|
|lamb||24th Day||Isaiah 11: 6-9|
|sun- the Son||25th Day||Malachi 4:2|
|angel||26th Day||Luke 2:14|
|camel- Magi||27th Day||Matthew 2:10|
|nativity||28th Day||Luke 2:1-20|
Alternative schedule of readings and ornaments: More on the Jesse tree.
Made For You or Make Your Own?
I have noticed many more kits that are made for you or those which include elements to make your own. Look for these or use those I have curated for you.
Simple as a Coloring Book
Take one Mom’s idea of using coloring book pictures, printed ones from the internet, or spring for a collection that is much more ornate and crafted. Whichever tradition you choose, it is one that you can easily make your own.
How to make and set up your Jesse tree.
Have you asked “I’m not sure I want to make my own Jesse tree and the ornaments for it, are there quality ones I can buy?”
I have made ornaments at Zazzle and a set of Jesse tree symbol stickers (which can be used to make your own ornament crafts). I suggest using the large size stickers in the round shape, from the many shapes and sizes at Zazzle. Their quality of printing and materials is outstanding.
Partner with the Traditional Advent Wreath
Combine the Jesse tree devotional theme with your wreath of candles. Below is a reminder of the customary meanings of the four candles. A fifth is sometimes added for Christmas day.
The Four Candles of Advent
The Meaning and Christian Symbolism