Celebrate Christ in the Holidays With a Jesse Tree Advent Countdown (Free Printable)

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Many families use the Jesse Tree Advent countdown to count down to Christmas morning.

I wanted to create an Advent activity that would be an interactive and immersive learning experience for the whole family.

Thus this Color and Learn Jesse Tree Activity Pack.

The Jesse Tree Advent Countdown

The Jesse Tree Advent Countdown concept is inspired by the verse from the book of Isaiah. 

Isaiah 11:1 says-

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”

The Jesse Tree is a beautiful visual representation of events that happened right from Creation, all the way to the birth of Christ.

It’s a simple-to-understand way to help children see how God shows up for His children and to help them learn a little more about His Character and Heart.

Jesse Tree Advent Activity

The Jesse Tree Activity Pack includes:

  • A numbered Christmas Tree.
  • A sheet of countdown ornaments for your child to color, cut, and glue onto the paper tree each day.
  • A ‘Story Behind The Ornament’ Scripture guide with a story reference for each ornament. This may be the springboard for more detailed family devotion and discussion time.
  • Large color-your-own ornaments that may also be elements in a countdown bunting if you choose to do that activity.
  • A daily Advent writing activity for older kids.

The Jesse Tree Ornaments

The stories I chose for this countdown are ones I personally felt are like milestone markers leading up to when Christ is born. 

Each story is represented by a symbolic image for your child to color.

  • Earth- Story of Creation (GENESIS 1,2)
  • Apple- Story of Adam and Eve (GENESIS 3)
  • Ark and Rainbow- Story of Noah and the Ark (GENESIS 6-8)
  • Stars in the Sky- God’s Promise to Abraham (GENESIS 15)
  • Ram- Abraham, Isaac and God’s Provision (GENESIS 22)
  • Ladder- Jacob’s Ladder (GENESIS 28:10-22)
  • Colorful Coat- Story of Joseph (GENESIS 37)
  • Blood on the Doorpost- Story of the Passover (EXODUS 12)
  • 2 Tablets- 10 Commandments (EXODUS 20:1-17)
  • Rope- Story of Rahab (JOSHUA 2)
  • Wheat- Story of Ruth (RUTH)
  • Heart- Samuel anoints David (1 SAMUEL 16:1-13)
  • Temple- Solomon (1 KINGS 5,6)
  • Fire- Elijah (1 KINGS 18)
  • Scroll- Josiah (2 KINGS 22)
  • Crown- Story of Esther (ESTHER)
  • Lion- Story of Daniel (DANIEL 6)
  • Whale- Story of Jonah (JONAH)
  • Wall (Nehemiah 1-7)
  • Water Droplet- John the Baptist (LUKE 1:39-80, MATTHEW 3)
  • Angel-Story of Mary (LUKE 1:26-38)
  • Carpenter Tools-Story of Joseph (MATTHEW 1:24,25)
  • Sheep-The Shepherds (LUKE 2:8-20)
  • Gifts-The Wise Men (MATTHEW 2:1-15)
  • Baby Jesus-The Birth of Baby Jesus (LUKE 2:1-7)

These ornaments are the heart of this activity pack.

The Jesse Tree Activity Pack includes three ways your family can count down to Christmas, using the resources included.

Jesse Tree Activity #1

For activity 1, have your child cut around the ornament for the day, color the same, and then glue it onto the Christmas tree. 

Study the ‘Story behind the Ornament’ as a family.

Jesse Tree Advent Activity

Younger children may need a little help to cut around each ornament.

As always, for an activity like this, I would recommend printing off the sheets on white card stock.

Jesse Tree Advent

Jesse Tree Activity #2

If you choose to do Activity #2 with your family, you will need a long ribbon or twine. 

This should be long enough to hold 25 larger ornament cards to create a beautiful bunting.

Each day, have your child color a card and clip it onto the ribbon to add to your Advent bunting. 

Study the ‘Story behind the Ornament’ as a family.

These sheets include additional blank ornament cards. These allow your family to choose other stories from the Bible that stand out as markers of Christ’s Birth.

Jesse Tree Advent

Jesse Tree Activity #3

The cards used in this activity would be from Activity #2. 

Instead of adding each card to an Advent bunting, you may add an ornament to your family Christmas tree daily.

Use a hole punch to create a hole to string the twine or ribbon through.

Jesse Tree Advent

Again, you would read the ‘Story behind the Ornament’ as a family with this activity.

More ways to make your family devotional time during Advent memorable.

You can make each Advent story as immersive an experience as you choose it to be.

Jesse Tree Advent

Pick praise and worship songs to sing or dance to as a family. 

Each story could have a set; for example, for the Story of Creation, consider these songs-

  • God of all Creation- Hillsong UNITED
  • So Will I-Hillsong Worship
  • All of Creation-MercyMe

Younger kids may also enjoy doing a craft. 

These coffee filter butterflies would make a sweet complement to the Creation story.

Older kids, or if game, everyone in the family, can jump on board the daily writing prompt based on the story for the day.

Jesse Tree Advent

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If you would love to also get the larger ornament cards for Activity #2 and Activity #3

Download and print the complete Jesse Tree Advent Countdown pack from the Fun Faith Printables store.

Jesse Tree Advent

Best Way to Print Off the Free Jesse Tree Advent Activity Set?

I recommend using white cardstock for all ornament sheets, the Christmas tree, and the ‘Story behind the Ornament’ sheet if you would like.

You may print all other pages on white multipurpose paper.

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All set to download and print off your Advent set?

I pray this set is a blessing not just to the kids but to you too.

Celebrate Christ in the Holidays With a Jesse Tree Advent Countdown