Traditions are important to me, and during the holidays we have many of them. From filling our Sparkle Box to communicating with Santa to putting a pickle on the Christmas tree, we have a lot of fun keeping these traditions alive, and I hope these traditions are something that the kids will do with their kids one day. Have you ever heard of the Jesse Tree Tradition? I had no idea what it was, but after checking out Countdown to Christmas with the kids, we will be starting a new tradition this year.
What Is The Jesse Tree Tradition?
The Jesse Tree tradition is a very old Christmas tradition first started in medieval times. The tree is used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the story of Christmas. The name comes from Jesse, who was the Father of the great Jewish King David.
So now that you know what the tradition is, what’s the tree? In short, the Jesse Tree is Jesus’ family tree. It’s a small Christmas tree that you put paper ornaments on as you countdown to Christmas. Each ornament has the picture of a different person in the Bible, Jesus’ family.
And that’s where Countdown to Christmas comes in. Countdown to Christmas isn’t a book that you read in one sitting – it’s a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th. Each night, your family will read a story from the Bible (it’s just a page long) to learn about Jesus’ family. After you finish, you’ll place an ornament on your Jesse Tree. By Christmas Eve, your Jesse Tree will be filled up with ornaments representing all of Jesus’ family!
By starting the Jesse Tree Tradition, you’re family is doing so much more than just putting ornaments on a little tree. Your family will learn the stories of the Bible and come to know Jesus’ family. Your family will learn that families are the most important thing in the world, even to Jesus. They’ll learn the importance of family and God’s role in family.
I sat down last night and explained what the Countdown to Christmas was all about and what the Jesse Tree tradition is to the kids. They were very interested! They sat down to look through the book and actually read the first few stories, unprompted! They asked if we could start the book now. I explained that we have to wait to December 1st, and they are excited to start reading and learning more about Jesus’ family.
If your family is religious and knows Christmas is more than just giving and getting presents, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Countdown to Christmas. And why not start the Jesse Tree tradition with your family? It’s a fun way to learn about the Bible and Jesus’ family, and it’s an easy way to take a few minutes out of your day to praise Him as a family.
One more thing…did I mention that the author of Countdown to Christmas is only 11 years old?! Theresa Seidlitz wrote the book because “I wanted to see what it would be like to be an author and write a whole book! I also wanted people to know about Jesus’ family tree. I hope the book will make the Christmas season even more exciting for kids as they count down the days to Jesus’ birthday.”
You can learn more about Countdown to Christmas and the the history of the book on YouTube.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Countdown to Christmas in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.