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Modern Use of the Jesse Tree

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by Benjamin, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. Benjamin

    Benjamin Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone use one or maybe even prefer The Jesse Tree over the Christmas tree? Ever made one? If so, how did it come out? Good for the kids?

    “The secular Christmas Tree, and the Advent calendar, have been adapted in recent years by some modern Christians, who may use the term "Jesse Tree", although the tree does not usually show Jesse or the Ancestors of Christ, and so may have little or no relation to the traditional Tree of Jesse. This form is a poster or a real tree in the church or home, which over the course of Advent is decorated with symbols to represent stories leading up to the Christmas story, for the benefit of children. The symbols are simple, for example a burning bush for Moses and a ram for Isaac.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of_Jesse
     
  2. rlvaughn

    rlvaughn Well-Known Member

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    I'd never heard of it until you brought it up in this post.
     
  3. sag38

    sag38 Active Member

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    This is new to me too. I'll stick with my Christmas tree.
     
  4. Dr. Bob

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    We have a Hanukkah Bush! With lights and ornaments. :saint:
     
  5. tenor

    tenor New Member

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    The Jesse Tree is a representation of the lineage of Jesus from Adam to Mary and Joseph as listed in Matthew and Luke. Oranaments are made to represent these ancestors and placed on an evergreen tree.

    I've used this as part of Hanging of the Green service and also as the emphasis throughout the season of Advent.

    Another alternative to a "Christmas" tree is the Chrismon tree. The Chrismon tree is decorated with a collection of ornaments that each represent a symbol of Jesus (Cross, Crown, Dove, anchor, Orb, etc.).

    These can be very meaningful. My wife and I have used both a "CHristmas" tree (red and green, toys, Santa, etc.) and a Chrismon tree in our home.
     
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