Jesse Tree – Day 8: Jacob’s Dream

First, I have to say… combining the Jesse Tree with the Advent calendar, complete with chocolates, was probably the best idea that I’ve ever had. Today was a bit hectic and I completely forgot about the Jesse Tree… until my five-year-old reminded me that it was time for the next ornament and chocolate.

So! If you’re wondering how to get your kids excited about the Jesse Tree, combine it with chocolate!

This is what our Advent calendar/ Jesse Tree actually looks like in practice. A bit messy, for sure, but apparently the kids like it!

Anyway! Remember how I said that last time, the next blog is going to get a bit dreamy?

Well, it is! Because today for our Jesse Tree reading, we are delving into Jacob’s life.

And so, here is the ornament for today:

A ladder! Made with gold colors, since it is a ladder that reaches to Heaven, after all. The crochet pattern for this ornament is here, just in case you want to make your own!

So what is the scripture behind this ladder? Good question! Let’s take a closer look at it… along with plenty of religious art to accompany it, because of course you need more religious art in your life! 🙂

Jacob’s Dream

Jacob's Dream, by Jusepe de Ribera, c. 1639. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Jacob’s Dream, by Jusepe de Ribera, c. 1639. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain.
Jacob’s Dream, by William Blake, c. 1805. British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
Jacob’s Dream, by William Blake, c. 1805. British Museum, London, United Kingdom.
Jacob’s Dream, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, c. 1660. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Jacob’s Dream, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, c. 1660. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Jacob’s Dream, by Ary de Vois, c. 1660-1680. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Jacob’s Dream, by Ary de Vois, c. 1660-1680. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Jacob’s Dream, by Aert de Gelder, c. 1710-15. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
Jacob’s Dream, by Aert de Gelder, c. 1710-15. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

If today is all about dreams, then tomorrow is all about dreamers. One particular dreamer with an awesome coat, to be exact…

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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