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A "Jesse Tree" is another tradition your family can include in your Advent observance, especially if you have young children. A Jesse Tree depicts the relationship of Jesus with Jesse and other biblical figures who were the ancestors of Jesus. Jesse was the father of King David and is often looked upon as the first person in the genealogy of Jesus. For your own Jesse Tree, a branch can be placed into a pot or a large vase at the beginning of Advent and every day a new ornament can be added to it. These ornaments represent individual figures or stories from the Old and New Testaments. As the children place the ornaments onto the branch, a parent can read an appropriate Scripture passage that talks about the given ancestor of Jesus. There are many passages that can be chosen and many symbols that can represent various figures. Each family can create their own list of figures and symbols
Listen to an audio retreat for the the First Sunday of Advent in English or Spanish led by Auxiliary Bishop Alberto Rojas of Chicago. The retreats, made possible by donations to the Catholic Communication Campaign, are produced by Franciscan Media.
Make or purchase an Advent calendar and open the window for the first day of the season or download our Family Advent Calendar and post it in your home as a reminder to take time for prayer and family every day during this holy season.
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