I have to admit…I have never created, assembled or purchased a Jesse Tree set of ornaments, but I know that it’s an awesome tradition to refocus Advent away from the Santa epidemic. Santa is nice and all, but we prefer to keep the focus on the birth of Jesus… and keep Him the reason we exchange presents.
This year however…is going to be the Year of the Jesse Tree at our house!
I participated in my first ever Jesse Tree Ornament Swap, graciously organized by Michelle at Liturgical Time: Walking the Seasons. I took advantage of a day when our internet was down and managed to get all 30 ornaments finished! Can you guess which ornament I was able to get?
At the last minute, I created little labels for the back, with the name of the ornament, Scriptural references plus my name and a little plug for Equipping Catholic Families. It will be exciting to receive the set of 30 hand-crafted ornaments, from craft friends all across North America! I’m sure I’ll post another picture on that day.
Around the same time, I was approached by Angie and Jane of Jesse Tree Treasures. They graciously offered to send me sample sets of all the wonderful treasures they make…including their 28 piece Jesse Tree ornament set!
They have a number of awesome hand-crafted sets to celebrate the various Seasons, and they generously sent me SEVEN different sets: I can’t wait to showcase these Jesse Tree Treasures in anticipation of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time!
I can’t believe how beautiful the 28 piece Jesse Tree ornament set is! Each piece is a beautiful, full color print of their original, detailed painting, secured to a smooth wooden disk. The set comes with string to hang the ornaments and printed guide pages, with the scriptural references to look up and a simple, focused prayer for each of the 28 Jesse Tree pictures.
This is an heirloom that you will be proud to bring out every Advent…and someday pass on to your kids’ families.
With Advent starting on December 1st this year, we even have a couple extra ornaments to choose from!
It will be a joy to use this set this Advent, counting down to the birth of Jesus. I think I may even make my own custom banner to hold these beautiful art pieces, although you could hang them on your Christmas tree…or even a cut branch placed in water on your dining room table. They would also work nicely in your Advent Calendar, if the pockets or pegs can hold the 2.25″ wooden disks.
Watch for reviews of other Jesse Tree Treasures over the next few weeks, but go check out the Jesse Tree Treasures Etsy Shop right now for a sneak peek at these Jesse Tree heirlooms…and a number of awesome hand-crafted sets to delve into the Liturgical Calendar.
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