Jesse Tree Ornaments for Advent Week 2
Each week I will be posting a new week of Advent Jesse Tree ornaments for you to follow. See ADVENT WEEK ONE to get started. I am hoping that in posting them early it will give you the time you need to pull all your resources together and to make your ornaments in advance if you like. Or you can make an ornament a day as part of your advent fun and then you will have them for future years. These ornaments came to me from a homeschool Jesse Tree Swap/Ornament Exchange like this one. Each mom planned a few ornaments so I don’t have patterns for them all. However, most are simple, so you can imitate them as they are in the pictures below or you can make your own! [maxbutton id=”1″]
Jesse Tree devotions vary but generally take you through the genealogy of Jesus and Salvation history. I have pulled from a variety of resources over the years and these are the ornaments and scripture readings that have become part of our yearly devotion. I have written my own prayers and reflections for each day. I have also gathered resources for homeschoolers who wish to spend a bit more time on Advent and incorporate the Jesse Tree into their homeschool program; the result being a Jesse Tree unit study. So each day offers little mini unit studies that reinforce the symbol and scripture reading for the day. I have tried to list a variety of options for all ages so I don’t expect you to use them all but pick the ones you like best. In addition, they also include suggestions for holy days and saint feasts according to the liturgical calendar. You can also just use the ornament, reading and prayer in the traditional Jesse Tree fashion.
*Disclaimer: Parents please note that not all the resources listed are Catholic sources and therefore may have varied doctrinal interpretations and need adaptation. My intent is to make this a resource for all Christians which they can then use and modify according to their tradition.*
Advent Week 2: Light Two Purple Candles
- Light two purple candles if you have an Advent wreath for week 2 and pray: “Lord, remove any jealousy we may feel for any reason. Help us to be happy for others and see our value in your eyes. Teach us not to make comparisons but to be content.”
- Read Genesis 37:2-11
- If you have preschoolers and early elementary it would be fun to create a Joseph Story Bag. Most of the things in this suggestion can be easily made with felt
…this is a project that your older children could help your younger children with! For something easier, make a Joseph Felt Coat Box for little hands to manipulate.
- Have your child complete a Joseph lapbook page or continue this Genesis lapbook.
- If you don’t have time today to do a project or lesson you could watch Joseph: King Of Dreams if you haven’t already seen it.
- Older children can use these Joseph notebooking pages to write about Joseph today or you can select some copywork for them to do.
- Light two purple candles if you have an Advent wreath for week 2 and pray: “Thank you Lord for all you have given us. May we trust in you always and that with you all things are possible.”
- Read Exodus 3-4:17
- Use the Burning Bush page from these Exodus Notebooking pages for older kids to do copy work from today’s reading or to retell Moses’ call.
- Paint a Burning Bush , make a Burning Bush using tissue paper or do your own version with tissue paper flames and liquid starch -pasting red, yellow, and orange tissue flames on a construction paper bush branches.
- If lap-booking style is working well for you, continue with all or part of these Moses and the Burning Bush activities from Bible Fun for Kids. Or just use this flap printable to sum up what has happened to Moses so far.
- Discuss: Do we answer God’s call for us even when we don’t feel we are good enough? Do we trust that He will provide what we need to complete the task? How can we be ready and prepared to answer whatever work God has for us to do?
Liturgical Calendar-Note* Today is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is normally Dec. 8th but scince it falls on a Sunday this year it is moved to Dec. 9th.
- Today you can make these Mary’s life Sequence Cards from Training Happy Hearts in honor of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and then later on use them to play several different games when we get Day 21: The Annunciation
- Light two purple candles if you have an Advent wreath for week 2 and pray: “Lord we praise you for the gift of forgiveness and for your saving us from the bondage of sin.”
- Read Exodus 12: 1-20
- Today we might like to take a little break from school work and think about the passover from a few new angles. Try some passover recipes with your kids.
- Have a Seder Meal to observe how God freed Israel from Egypt. EWTN has another good Seder Meal Resource.
- Discuss: How does the passover and the Israelites’ freedom from the bondage of slavery in Egypt foreshadow our own freedom from the bondage of sin by Jesus’ death on the cross? How too is our freedom from sin celebrated by a meal in the one and final sacrifice offered when we receive Holy Communion? Explain to your child how the old covenant was fulfilled in the New Covenant of our Lord’s body and blood. Don’t you think it’s amazing how our Lord instituted the sacrament of his body and blood at the feast of the passover? Our sin too is passed over, we are redeemed by Christ’s once and for all sacrifice.
Day 11: Ten Commandments
- Light two purple candles if you have an Advent wreath for week 2 and pray:””
- Read Exodus 20:1-17
- When we get to the Ten Commandments the break down for Catholics is a little different in numbering. So if you are Catholic, I recommend a solely Catholic resource for today-if you are Catholic. Here is a lovely Ten Commandment Lapbook (Catholic) and here is one for non-Catholics that is, if you are not all lap booked out yet.
- If you are not feeling up to a lapbook, play an indoor game with your kids. Try 10 Commandment Hopscotch by taping numbers 1-10 on the floor in hopscotch fashion. Role two dice hop scotching that many spaces back and forth. Whichever number is landed on have your child recite that commandment. Just keep going back and forth until your child has landed on each number. Or play some other game where a number between 1 and 10 is drawn. They recite the commandment for the number they draw. You could use a deck of cards minus the J,K,Q,and A.
- Light two purple candles if you have an Advent wreath for week 2 and pray:”Lord, teach us to serve one another as Ruth served and assisted Naomi. Keep our families together through dedication and caring for one another.”
- I love the story of Ruth! Read Ruth 1:15-2:3
- “Put” the story of Ruth in a bottle or box and teach love in action for our families.
Liturgical Calendar- Note* Today is also the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
- The Lady of Guadalupe is a perfect book for learning about the story of Juan Diego.
- Make Mexican flowers.
- Light two purple candles if you have an Advent wreath for week 2 and pray: “Lord, Your words are spirit and life; Your awesome goodness and strength are our shield. For you are mighty God.”
- Read Isaiah 11:1-5
- You probably already have a tree for your ornaments. But I always thought this day would be perfect for making the tree itself. I think some people do this day first for this reason and to introduce the meaning of the Jesse Tree as Jesus’ genealogy. For the type of tree, there is no right or wrong. In the past I have used a simple branch, a small Christmas tree, even a pocket style advent calendar. Your tree can be unique, made of felt, cardboard, be creative. The point of today is to remind ourselves that we are working on Jesus’ family tree here. Isaiah tells us that God will send us a savior who will be from the “root” of Jesse and He will be wise, strong, and the spirit of the Lord will be upon Him.
- If you already have a tree you are using, take to today to make your own family tree using this PDF . Explain and remind your children that the Jesse Tree is Jesus’ family tree.
Liturgical Calendar- Note* Today is the feast of St. Lucy. You’ll find a lovely example of how to celebrate it from a Catholic Missionary Family’s Feast of St. Lucy celebration. Or you can make a very simple St. Lucy Wreath for a daughter to wear. It could also be used for an Advent Wreath for CCD or Sunday School classes to teach about Advent and the Advent wreath.
- Light two purple candles if you have an Advent wreath for week 2 and pray: “You have anointed us, Lord, at our baptism. We promise to live out our mission as priest, profit and king. Jesus, help me to carry out this mission.”
- Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13
- Read verse 7 again. and reflect on it. How does God see our hearts today?
- God had a plan for David even as a youth. This may be a good time to discuss what call God may have on your child’s heart. At our baptism we were anointed priest, profit, and king. After reading the information in the previous link with your children, fold a paper 3 ways. At the top label each section: priest, profit, king. Help your child write down or draw pictures of ways in which they can live out their 3-fold Christian mission.
This is part of a Jesse Tree Ornament and Activities Series: