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Start a New Advent Tradition: Make a Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree Ornaments
Jesse Tree Ornaments

Advent, which is a Latin word meaning Coming has come to represent a season of spiritual preparation leading up to Christmas and the coming of the Christ child. It mirrors the Lenten season of preparation in spring before remembrance of the death of Christ. Both traditions were intended to prepare the hearts and minds of believers who would be baptized during those special celebrations

Early Advent Tradition
In the early centuries of the church when believers did not own bibles and many could not read, the church aided contemplation through visual works of art. Wood cuttings, stained glass windows and illuminations depicted the story of Christ’s long-awaited coming. The medieval church sometimes used a tree with simple ornaments to illustrate the story. At first, the Advent tradition emphasized the genealogy of Christ as recorded in Matthew’s gospel account.

Later on, the western European believers incorporated use of an evergreen circle, the Advent wreath, to contemplate not only the ancestry of Jesus, but the biblical events which foretold of the One who would bring peace, hope and light. In more modern times, the Advent calendar has become a popular means of preparing individuals and families to appreciate the culmination of promises.

The Jesse Tree
An increasingly popular Advent tradition is the Jesse Tree. The tree is named for the promise of Isaiah 11:1 which says “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesus, of course, is the righteous Branch growing from the root of Jesse (father of King David). While the ancient church identified individuals in their Advent celebration, the Jesse Tree builds on the idea of the Advent wreath and highlights events in the Biblical story.

All of the stories reveal the scarlet thread of redemption woven into God’s perfect Word. Each day, a bible story is read that shows how God was redeeming and rescuing people all through the Old Testament. Each story is represented on the tree by an ornament. The creation story, for instance, may be represented by a globe ornament, the story of Ruth by a sheaf of wheat. Micah’s foretelling that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem is pictured by a miniature village.

Buy For Yourself or Give as a Gift
You can make your own Jesse Tree, but you can also buy ornaments for your tree. The Printery House offers a boxed set of 28 colorful and meaningful ornaments to be hung on a Jesse Tree. Every ornament in the set comes with its own card giving the corresponding bible passage and an appropriate prayer.

Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the opportunity to see how God has been at work calling a people to Himself and promising good to those who heed His call from the very start. Make this Christmas more meaningful than ever for your family by using a Jesse Tree, or give a box of ornaments to children you love.

Christian Products to Help Truly Celebrate the Advent Season with Your Family

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A Light Shines in The Night

Wouldn’t it be great if this year
you could slow down your life enough to enjoy what Christmas is all about and really worship the Lord of the Christmas season?

There is a way to take control of the Christmas season chaos. You can exchange stress for joy and materialism for meaning. A way that is time-tested and proven to help you keep a focus on the miracle of Christ’s appearing on the earth. It’s called Advent. Maybe your church celebrates Advent during weekly services and maybe it doesn’t – but in either case, Advent is a wonderful way to restore attention on the Savior and what makes Christmas so remarkable. There are a number of Christian
products
that go along with Advent to guide you.

Advent covers the four week period leading up to Christmas Eve. An Advent wreath helps churches and families to consider Jesus’ birth in light of Biblical history and promises. It also helps us remember that the Jesus who came 2,000 plus years ago, will one day come again. The Advent wreath is a tool that helps us to celebrate Jesus’ first coming and builds expectation for His second coming.

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus – coming. The wreath uses the lighting of candles to fix our attention on what really happened in that stable in Bethlehem. Traditional Advent celebrations incorporate weekly (or daily) bible readings
that help set the stage for Jesus’ arrival.

Jesus was promised long before He actually came, and God’s people looked for Him all through the pages of scripture. Each week, for four weeks, bible passages are read that show how God was preparing His people to recognize His Son. A purple candle is lit each week to symbolize the Majesty of Jesus as a promised king.

After the bible reading and the lighting of a new candle, meaningful Christmas carols can be sung and the family can close the time of worship with prayer. Songs like Come Thou Long Expected Jesus become more understandable to children and adults when they are sung as we contemplate the scope of the incarnation. On the final week of Advent, a candle is lit symbolizing the Hope of Jesus’ arrival. The last candle, the white one, is lit on Christmas Eve –when the light of the world fulfilled God’s promise
and came into the world.

Maybe you’d like this Christmas to be different. Maybe you’d like to really celebrate the coming of the Savior with your family. Advent is a great way to do that. The
Printery House
offers an entire line of Christian products to help you. At The Printery House you can find votive Advent candleholders or wreaths that use tapers. There are Advent calendars for kids to enjoy with magnetic figures, stickers or peek-a-boo windows. You can even find books of reflective readings and helps with Advent prayers. Visit The Printery House today and be ready for a true celebration of Christmas before the season arrives.