Today is the first day of Advent! These words from today’s second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians are really resonating to me as we begin a season filled with ambitious goals and abundant to-to lists.
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end
This morning our wreath and empty Jesse Tree of sticks looks like this:
Sometime after Mass we will pray together as a family, light the first candle of the Advent wreath and if your Jesse tree has 28 ornaments, you would begin today. Check on Instagram later today for pictures!
Because Advent changes length each year, depending on what day of the week Christmas falls on, some Jesse trees have 28 ornaments and would begin today, but if you have the more common 24 day model, you don’t begin til Dec 1. Not all Jesse Trees will be the same, you may not read the exact same story that I do today, but that does not matter. The Old Testament is so rich and so big, there are many different events and people to focus on, many more than 24 or even 28. The point is that we see God working and preparing the world for the coming of his Son. Everywhere you look in the Old Testament you should see that.
All this to say, if you have been thinking about doing a Jesse Tree this year, even though Advent started, its really not too late!! You have a few days, enough to hit “print” at least, and have your kids color paper ornaments. If you are the crafty type , maybe you can make a felt or cloth set. It really dosen’t have to be pinterest-level-expert to help your family focus and pray and prepare for the Lord’s coming! Kendra posted a great tutorial here on how to make your own set, with three different methods so you can pick one that fits your skill/time/talent level with crafting.
Even if you aren’t feeling ambitious enough to make you own, please feel free to follow along and perhaps let just watching the Jesse Tree come together enrich your experience of Advent! Watch for posts on Istagram and Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #OurJesseTreeTradition to see how this beautiful tradition looks in different families around the world!