Until this year, I had no idea what a Jesse Tree was. Oh yes, vague notion of it having something to do with Jesus and Advent, but that's about it. Are you sobbing for my children and their thus-far deprived childhoods? Me too.
But then Jessica at Housewifespice decided to host a Jesse Tree ornament exchange and I signed up. Hey, everyone else seemed REALLY excited, okay? And I'm nothing if not a follow-the-cool-crowd-er. So I signed up and we made our ornaments and sent them and I was feeling all proud of us and stuff and then...well, then I realized that we do not have a Jesse Tree. Because, of course, I didn't even know what a Jesse tree was.
Are you following me here? You pickin' up what I'm throwin' down? Man, I really do love the last minute. Because our ornaments arrived yesterday and then yesterday, after the ornaments arrived, after we had eaten dinner, after it was past the 2 year old's bedtime, but oh yes, she was still awake, I decided to fashion us a snazzy structure on which to hang our newly arrived, already greatly beloved Jesse Tree ornaments.
I don't blame you if you're impressed with my craftiness. I mean, a pile of gravel from our driveway? A chip bowl? Some branches snagged from the Christmas tree? Walls that make it appear we are out in the wilderness? This is some Grade A Martha Stewart action up in here.
Wanna see what we've hung so far?
This is "a shoot from the stump of Jesse", courtesy of my friend, neighbor and co-parishioner Amanda . She hand-wrapped 32 of these buggers. Can you believe that?
Oh, and because there are no coincidences only God-incidences, in the mail on Saturday I received this lovely book:
A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse by the lovely Sarah V. Park. Remember the 26 Letters to Heaven preschool curriculum? Well, somehow she's done it again.
Inside you'll find a story for each day accompanied by discussion questions (optional when reading with toddlers. I mean, right? Right???), a scripture reference AND ornament suggestions.
Whether you're brand new to Jesse Tree-ing (like yours truly) or you want to expand your Advent library, grab this book. Even if just for the cover art, am I right? Gorgeous.
Happy Advent, friends!