Monday, November 25, 2013

Jesse Tree Ornament Swap #1 Ornaments

The Jesse Tree Swap ornaments for both swaps are all on their way to their new homes and should arrive in time for the first Sunday of Advent.  I'm still amazed that 1. there was enough interest to fill two swaps and 2. that the swaps both went as smoothly as they did.  I really expected there to be a disaster of some sort.  Last Monday a package arrived at my house that was damaged and had been taped up by the post office.  Shock, relief and total thankfulness pretty much sums up how I felt when I opened the box and found all of the ornaments in tact.  Crisis averted!

I've already had a few people ask if I'm going to do this again next year.  I'm considering it, but if I do it will only be one swap and I will start it a month earlier.  It will really all depend on how busy life is in our house next year.  We have some big changes coming up in the coming year so I will have to wait and see if I will have the time to take on another swap.

Back to the swap.  It was my original intention to put together a little booklet that had a picture of each ornament and the bible story that went with it.  Unfortunately I didn't anticipate spending a week battling a cold and then spending another week with a cranky teething toddler all while trying to get a handle on our first year of homeschooling.  Toss in some other happy circumstances that have pretty much sapped most of my energy and you have the reason why that little booklet never came into existence.

I'd still like to give you a run down on each of the ornaments so when you open up your box of ornaments you know which one goes with which day so I've created a few photo collages of the ornaments.
Beginning with the top row and moving left to right:
Day 1 Creation: Genesis 1:1-23 
Day 2 Creation: Continued
Day 3 Fall of Man: Genesis 3:1-15, 20-23
Day 4 Noah:  Genesis 6:5-20, 7:1-23, 8:1-17, 9:1-13 
Day 5 Abraham:  Genesis 12:1-5, 13:14-16, 18:1-10, 21:1-3 
Day 6 Isaac:  Genesis 22:1-14 
Day 7 Jacob:  Genesis 27:41-44, 28:10-17
Day 8 Joseph:  Genesis 37:3-4, 17-28 
Day 9 Moses:  Exodus 2:1-10, 3:1-12 

Day 10 Moses Continued:  Exodus, Chapters 7-14, 19, 32
Day 11 Ruth: Ruth 1:1-16, 7-22
Day 12 Samuel: 1 Samuel, Chapter 3 .
Day 13 Jesse:  1 Samuel, Chapter 16 
Day 14 David:  1 Samuel, Chapter 17, 19:1-2
Day 15 Solomon:  1 Kings, Chapter 3 
Day 16 Elijah:  1 Kings, Chapters 17 & 18
Day 17 Elisha:  2 Kings 5
Day 18 Isaiah's Prophecies:  Isaiah 8:6-7

Day 19 Isaiah:  Isaiah Chapter 6
Day 20 Daniel:  Daniel 6:11-17, 19-25
Day 21 Jeremiah:  Jeremiah, Chapter 31
Day 22 Angels:  Luke, Chapter 1
Day 23 Zechariah, Elizabeth and John the Baptist:  Luke, Chapter 1
Day 24 Blessed Virgin Mary:  Luke, Chapter 1
Day 25 The Visitation:  Luke 1:39-56
Day 26 Joseph:  Matthew, Chapter 1
Day 27 The Nativity:  Luke, Chapter 2 

Day 28 Magi: Matthew 2:1-12
O Antiphon: O Wisdom
O Antiphon: O Lord of Lords
O Antiphon: O Flower of Jesse's Stem
O Antiphon: O Key of David
O Antiphon: O Radiant Dawn
O Antiphon: O King of All Nations
O Antphon: O Emmanuel

The O Antiphons begin on December 18th.

The ornaments and the bible stories for each one are the same as what is used in the Holy Heroes Jesse Tree DVD.  You can also see the Jesse Tree videos that go with these ornaments by signing up for their free Advent Adventure.

I hope you all have a blessed Advent!  I know my children can't wait to use all of our lovely new Jesse Tree ornaments.  We will be praying for all of you this Advent.


  1. Nice job on the swaps woman! I am so grateful. Look at my post and my kids faces ;) We have the flu and you and everyone else cheered us all up! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  2. Got them today too, awesomeness! So excited and so much fun opening. Thanks for doing this we so appreciate it!

  3. Thanks so much, Karen, for hosting this swap. You are such a blessing!!

  4. Thanks so much, Karen, for hosting this swap! What a blessing you are!! It was a blast opening up our package today....

  5. Thank you - we got so distracted by our box arrival last night, dinner set off the smoke alarms! - oooops!

    wonderful job and the littles and I are excited to get them on our tree

    blessing for a great Advent


  6. They all look lovely! We're excitedly awaiting to receive ours! Thanks SO much for putting all this's really an impressive feat. :)

    1. Back to say our box arrived today!!! You should have heard the squeals of delight! Much "oohhhing" and "aahhing" was given over all the details. Of course, I had some children who were trying to take a few of the ornaments for their "very own." I had to quickly squirrel them away or I might not have anything left for the 1st Sunday of Advent. ;) Thanks again!!! May you have a peaceful Advent and a very joyful Christmas!

  7. Thanks again for putting this together! I am also grateful that you posted them all here with corresponding Scripture... I know that took a bit of time! God bless. :)

  8. Congratulations on hosting such a wonderful, successful swap (x2!)! All of the ornaments are so unique and lovely - such a blessing to so many families!

  9. OH! They look so .... naturally beautiful! I love the photos you took! I can't wait to get mine in the mail. What a lovely idea, and how wonderfully it turned out! :)

  10. Karen, thank you so much for organizing these swaps. Will you be doing a photo collage for Swap #2? Just curious since many of the ornaments are different looking.

    1. I hope to have swap #2 up tomorrow. I wanted to take the pictures and do a post for swap #2 today but the baby is cutting teeth and has spent most of her day in my arms.

    2. Ok thanks what time are you thinking of getting them up tomorrow???

    3. They're up there now. I just posted them a few minutes ago.

  11. Hi, that was great! Thank you for organizing the swap. I participated in swap two. I posted pictures of my table top tree and my favorite ornaments on a website I contribute to:

  12. Very cute little ornaments! We have a family tradition where all the women make ornaments each year for one another, so each year you get a new 6 or 7 ornaments to go on a very eclectic tree. There are some very fun memories around them.

  13. Thank you so much for organizing this Karen! I loved opening the box and going through them with my daughter. My SIL is helping me make the Jesse Tree this weekend. I am excited to start hanging our ornaments on Sunday!


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