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What's the Origin of the Jesse Tree?

Q. What is the origin of the popular “Jesse Tree” custom for Advent?

A. The Jesse Tree custom typically involves placing ornaments, throughout the days of Advent, on a tree or the figure of a tree, each of which points to a biblical ancestor of Our Lord Jesus. It is based on the age-old artistic depiction called “The Tree of Jesse,” which itself derives from a prophecy of Isaiah: “There shall come for