Advent Activity | The Jesse Tree for Kids

Each year, for the past 3 years,  I have tried to do 24 days of activities with my kids to celebrate the Christmas and Advent season. This year we will be focusing on the Jesse Tree. I would love for all of you to follow along with us and enjoy the spirit of the holiday by teaching your children about the Jesse Tree.

We will be reading from a book each day of December to learn the history and stories of the Jesse Tree and then then we will add a symbolic handmade ornament to our own Jesse Tree. The book I will be using is called The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean and can be ordered from Amazon by clicking on the link below. The book is appropriate for ages Pre-K and up. The stories are adapted from the Old Testament and they read like a bedtime storybook.

I have a Jesse Tree Ornament Tutorial available for download in my Store. Please consider purchasing the tutorial if you want to make your own ornaments with your children. (You can read more info. about tutorial at bottom of this post.)

The tree we will be hanging our handmade ornaments from (shown above) can also be found at Illuminated Ink.

I look forward to reading and enjoying this book and our handmade ornaments for many Advent seasons. My kids are already excited because they have seen me creating the ornaments for my tutorial and they are looking forward to reading the stories from the book and hanging the ornaments on our special tree each day in December.


Jesse Tree Ornament Tutorial Information:

The tutorial comes as a downloadable .pdf file. It includes a detailed photos and instructions for each handmade ornament symbol that corresponds to the book The Jesse Tree. The tutorial also includes a master list of supplies and ornament templates for your use. Most of the ornaments can be made by children ages 5 and up. A few of the ornaments require more precise cutting, younger children may need some help.

Please consider supporting me and my blog by purchasing the downloadable tutorial. – Thanks

TO PURCHASE TUTORIAL CLICK HERE or visit the STORE: Jesse Tree Ornament Tutorial






  1. I just purchased your jesse tree ornament tutorial (thanks!) and when I attempt to download it, a message comes up from a wordpress page that says, “Sorry, something has gone wrong with your download!”

    Please let me know how to download this document.

  2. Got the file, thanks so much for your speedy reply!

  3. I just purchased the Jesse tree ornament tutorial yesterday and I have not yet received the email to download the tutorial. Can you help?

  4. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design.
    Superb choice of colors!


  1. […] If you visited here last year you have probably seen my Jesse Tree for Kids Ornament Tutorial. We are looking forward to reading our Jesse Tree book again this year and hanging up our ornaments. It was so fun to pull each one out day by day as we made our way to Christmas. (Hopefully this year will be a little less crazy than last year, we had a brand new baby in the house!) If you would like more information about the Jesse Tree Tutorial please click here. […]

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