Day 5 of Holiday Traditions // Caroline Blair

A Time for Majesty

My husband and I met and were engaged in the majesty of the Northern California mountains at a Christian outdoor camp called JH Ranch. As I went through their Trak 2 biking program, I had the opportunity to ride through the Redwood Forest where the largest trees on earth are located. I love to mentally go back to that time when God drew me even deeper into His majesty with those trees.

Since moving back to Dothan three years ago, I have found a new tradition for my family called the Jesse Tree which brings back memories of those redwood trees. The Jesse Tree stems from the verse Isaiah 11:1: "A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots." The Jesse tree represents Jesus' family tree. It is decorated with ornaments telling the story of His ancestors and stories recorded in the Bible. We hear about those people who waited in joyful hope for the coming of the Messiah. The patience they displayed is an important message for us as we wait and prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus.

It is exciting to have the opportunity to share the depth and memories of the redwood trees with my family each Christmas with the addition of our new tradition. The Lord allows my heart to unfold in a new way as I anticipate the Christmas Season with my family. We sit down at our table together and focus our excitement on the true source of our joy. Even more importantly, my family gets to watch the thread of history unravel each day of December as we unwrap a gift under our Jesse Tree. We are able to see and hear God's story of our coming Savior, Jesus Christ. 

  • How can you use your journey the Lord has taken you on to bring a renewed anticipation of the Christmas season to your family? 
  • Which Bible verse can you and your family hold onto as your thread of remembrance of the true meaning this Christmas season? 

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// Caroline

Like the majestic Redwood Forest in California, a Jesse Tree can provide teachable moments for ourselves, and for our children (grandchildren, too!). Caroline’s church hosts a Jesse Tree event where the church family gathers together as each symbol is placed on the Jesse tree.

The Blairs use The Advent Jesse Tree book to go along with their Jesse Tree. 

Symbols in the Jesse Tree:

  • Adam and Eve - garden: the garden of paradise is their home (Genesis 2:8,9, 15-23)
  • Noah - a rainbow: this is the promise made by God to his people (Genesis 8:6-12 9:12-16)
  • Abraham and Sarah - stars: Abraham was promised descendants as numerous as stars (Genesis 15:1-6)
  • Isaac - bundle of wood (Genesis 22:1-18)
  • Jacob and Rachel - ladder (Genesis 28:10-19)
  • Joseph - coat of many colours (Genesis 37:2-36)
  • Miriam - tambourine (Exodus 15:20-21)
  • Moses - tablets of the law (Exodus 19, 20:1-21)
  • Aaron - rod and serpent (Exodus 7:8-10)
  • Samson - two pillars (Judges 16:23-31)
  • Ruth - sheaf of corn (Ruth 2:1-7)
  • Jesse - tree stump (1 Samuel 16:8-23)
  • David - harp ( 2 Kings 2:11-18)
  • Solomon - temple (1 Kings 5:1-14)
  • Elijah - fiery chariot ( 2 Kings 2:11-18)
  • Isaiah - anvil (Isaiah 2:4; 7:14; 9:6-7)
  • Daniel - lion (Daniel 6:17-24)
  • Jonah - whale (Book of Jonah)
  • Zechariah and Elizabeth - praying hands (Luke 1:5-25)
  • John the Baptist - figure wearing skins and eating honey (Matthew 3:1-5, 11:7-15)
  • Joseph - carpenter tools (Matthew 1:18-25)
  • Mary - lily (Luke 1:26-38)

Short on time this year? You can order a Jesse Tree sticker chart with daily Scripture readings for $4.00 here.

Caroline Blair is the Missions Secretary and Director of a new ministry called Special Connections at First Presbyterian Church in Dothan. She is married to Riley Blair who is a mechanical contractor for Smith's, Inc. They have two boys Warren (4) and Fuller (3) who both love the new Forever Wild Trails! Fuller has Down Syndrome and has provided the Blairs with the wonderful opportunity to proclaim that all life is a gift. The Blairs have been members of First Presbyterian Church for almost 3 three years.