Monday, March 7, 2011
The Jesus Tree
I’ve seen a few blog posts about having a Jesus Tree for Lent that is similar to the Jesse Tree of Advent. It uses a tree with bare branches, made out of twigs, felt, paper, or a wall decal like we have for Our Forever Tree.
You add an ornament each day that symbolizes a story from the Bible you wish to share. I decided to make some paper ornaments I (and others like you) could print out and cut to hang on our Jesus Tree. Each image has the Bible verses underneath, and you can laminate them to use year after year. I hope you enjoy these, as I spent way too much time making them. Hang up one each day (except Sundays) from Ash Wednesday until Easter.
Jesus Tree Ornaments – in color, child friendly.
I printed these and hung them on the tree all at once, so the kids can see the images longer. I will take one down each day when it’s time to read the scripture.
Jesus Tree Ornaments – black and white to color, good for older kids.
*Note: All of this B&W artwork was found on the web in various places without any credits or links to the original artist. I simply made it all in this Jesus Tree format in a coloring page style. It has come to my attention that some of these fantastic images are available on CD "Ecclesiastical Art by Ed Riojas" There is certainly no intent to use copyrighted art and I made this printout free, so I am not reselling it. Just making it available to families that need something for the kids to color!
Alternate uses include flashcards or a Lenten Path as seen below.
Dining room table draped with white cloth. Cut Jesus Tree ornaments and staggered in a path around the table. Added colored popsicle sticks for crosses, one red cross near the images that are about The Passion of Jesus. Then covered it with clear vinyl (found at fabric store). This would also make a great idea for a table rosary, using pictures of the mysteries in the shape of a rosary!
I had this idea to add cutouts of the kids that I would move to each spot each day of Lent. Ended up cutting out all four kids, which looked too cute to separate! So they mark the beginning of the Lenten Journey, with other special stops along the way.
For a personal Lent countdown to Easter, I decided to print off one I found on Holy Family Classical Academy. I glue-sticked it on the front of a purple folder, one for each child. Inside I will add their Holy Heroes coloring sheets, word puzzles and other Lenten enrichments.
For some enrichment pages, here are some other images I found online and in my file folder.
*note: Especially since most of the artwork ISNT mine,
these are personal use only, do not use images for sale.
Here is what I found for other Jesus Trees…
The Jesus Tree by Domestic-Church.com
This webpage has a simple cross divided into 40 sections, and readings for each day.
I was very impressed with this crafty version presented by Shower of Roses blog. Her Jesus Tree (aka Scripture or Lenten Tree) is hand made from a felt kit. She has detailed info for each week, with close ups of her figures. It looks fabulous, as do others I’ve seen made through her inspiration.
The Easter Tree by Sandy on Domestic-Church.com
Uses a white potted branch with 12 ornaments. Each has a Bible passage.