The first year we did the Jesse Tree I was all over the the place with it. I had found some free printable ornaments which I liked, but I didn't like that there were only twenty four ornaments. That same year, Holy Heroes released their Jesse Tree DVD. Midway through Advent I abandoned the Jesse Tree ornaments we started with and switched over to the Holy Heroes one because I liked the ornaments better, there were enough for every day of Advent, they included the O Antiphons and best of all, they had videos for each ornament where my girls could listen to the story and see either a felt story board display of the story or something similar such as the Holy Heroes Adventure guides acting out a scene from the bible.
Last year I wasn't sure if we were going to watch the videos. Instead, I was going to have Madeline read the corresponding stories from the picture biblewe use for our Jesus Tree during Lent, but the girls insisted. The Holy Heroes Jesse Tree has become family tradition.
In all honesty I was going to wait another week or two to write about the Jesse Tree, but Holy Heroes sent out an email today saying that their Jesse Tree DVD is their Deal of the Day. So you might want to head over there and check out their sale price if you're interested in this Jesse Tree.
In Advent, Christmas Epiphany in the Domestic Churchthey also have a nice Jesse Tree. With this one you can print out and color the symbols for each of the readings and read the corresponding story from the bible, or if you have the time, you could match up the stories with those in a children's bible. They have some great ideas for different ways of setting up a Jesse Tree. In addition to the Jesse Tree, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany in the Domestic Church has a lot of other great ideas for celebrating these seasons with your children.