Jesse Tree – Day 2

First! A quick note for anybody with small kids that needs to hear this: combining the Jesse Tree devotional with the Advent calendar with its chocolate goodies seems to be a Big Hit with my kids. So, we’ll do the scripture reading and then all the kids get chocolate.

So, let’s just say our official Advent calendar looks a little bit like this now:

The official Advent calendar -- revised!
Notice the placement of the Jesse Tree ornaments, haha. I’ll let them play with the ornament during the reading and then the ornament goes up when the sock gets emptied. Win!

Also, I shipped some books today (mwhahaha, yes, here’s an obligatory link to my shop where I am personally selling my books for Advent!) and guess what? Apparently, the post office nearby actually gives lollipops to small children. And so, thank you for getting books. 🙂 And, my kids appreciate it as well!

Anyway! Onward with the Jesse Tree devotional!

This is the next ornament:

Why, yes, I strategically placed my cat in the photo! World, meet Buddy. Buddy, meet the world.

As you can see, the symbol for today is the world. So, as you might guess, the story is about Creation.

Now! I read a very much abbreviated version to my kids, since I have very squirmy kids, ages five and under, who do not have the greatest attention span… to put it mildly.

But, I have about five million religious artworks of Creation in my stash. And so let’s illustrate this scripture, shall we? 🙂

Creation, Illustrated!

Creation of Light, by George Richmond, c. 1826. Tate, London, United Kingdom.
Creation of Light, by George Richmond, c. 1826. Tate, London, United Kingdom.
The Creation, by James Tissot, c. 1896-1902. Jewish Museum, New York, New York, United States.
The Creation, by James Tissot, c. 1896-1902. Jewish Museum, New York, New York, United States.
Creation of Plants Icon, c. 15-16th centuries. Private collection.
Creation of Plants Icon, c. 15-16th centuries. Private collection.
God Creating the Sun, the Moon and the Stars in the Firmament, by Jan Breughel II, c. 17th century. Private collection.
God Creating the Sun, the Moon and the Stars in the Firmament, by Jan Breughel II, c. 17th century. Private collection.
God the Creator, by Gaspar Miguel de Berrio, c. 18th century. Museo de Charcas, Sucre, Bolivia.
God the Creator, by Gaspar Miguel de Berrio, c. 18th century. Museo de Charcas, Sucre, Bolivia.
Creation of the Animals, by Jan Brueghel II, c. 1678. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.
Creation of the Animals, by Jan Brueghel II, c. 1678. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.
The Creation of Eve, by Miguel de Santiago, c. 17th century. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Bogota, Columbia.
The Creation of Eve, by Miguel de Santiago, c. 17th century. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Bogota, Columbia.
Adam and Eve in Paradise, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1650. Private collection.
Adam and Eve in Paradise, by Jan Brueghel the Younger, c. 1650. Private collection.
God Rested on the Seventh Day, c. 1550. Museum of Russian Icons, Moscow, Russia.
God Rested on the Seventh Day, c. 1550. Museum of Russian Icons, Moscow, Russia.

…and that’s all for the day!

Tune in tomorrow to see what happens next… though, fair warning! Satan might appear tomorrow… 😮

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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