Jesse Tree Readings and Coloring Pages

by | Dec 1, 2007 | Advent and Christmas, Jesse Tree, Liturgical Year | 10 comments

You can find an updated version of this post for 2010 here: Jesse Tree Readings and Coloring Pages for 2010

I compiled a list of coloring pages, activities and bible passages (used in addition to the stories in our Children’s Bible), to go along with our Jesse Tree. I am posting the links to the various coloring pages and activities to, hopefully, save some of you a bit of time if you are in need of them as well!

I am still trying to find pictures or activities for Raphael, Judith, and Jeremiah… If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments!

December 1

Readings & Ornaments:
Creation: Gen .1:1-31; 2:1-4 Symbols: Earth
Adam & Eve: Gen. 2:7-9, 18-24 Symbol: Man & Woman
Coloring Activities:
Creation or God Created the World
Adam & Eve

December 2
Readings & Ornaments:
Fall of Man: Gen. 3:1-7 and 23-24 Symbol: Serpent
Noah: Gen. 6:5-8, 13-22; 7:17, 23, 24; 8:1, 6-22 Symbol: Ark
Adam & Eve Expelled from the Garden
Noah’s Ark (we will make a collage with these pictures)
and maybe one of these for the girls

December 3
Readings & Ornaments:
Abraham: Gen. 12:1-3 Symbol: Stars
Melchisidek: Gen. 14:17-20; Ps. 110:4; Heb.20 Symbol: Bread & Wine
Coloring Activities:
Abraham or Abraham with his son Isaac
High Priest for Melchisidek

December 4
Readings & Ornaments:
Isaac: Gen. 22:1-14 Symbols: Bundle of wood
Jacob: Gen. 25:1-34; 28:10-15 Symbols: Ladder
Coloring Activities:
Jacob wrestling with Angel
Star of Jacob from Eucharistic Adoration Coloring Book.

December 5
Readings & Ornaments:
Joseph: Gen. 37:23-28; 45:3-15 Symbol: Multi-Colored Coat
Moses: Ex. 2:1-10 Symbol: Stone Tablets/Ten Commandments
Coloring Activities:
Moses receiving Ten Commandments

December 6
Readings & Ornaments:
Joshua: Joshua 6:2-5; Jos. 1,3,6-11) Symbol: Sword & Trumpet
Ruth: Ruth 2:15-17 Symbol: Sheaths of Grain
Coloring Activities:
Ruth gathering wheat

December 7
Readings & Ornaments:
Samuel: 1 Sam. 3:1-18 Symbols: Oil lamp
Jesse: 1 Sam. 16:1-13 Symbols: Shepherd’s staff
Coloring Activities:
Hannah prays for a Son and Samuel
For Jesse we will color this Shepherd with Staff

December 8
Readings & Ornaments:
David: 1 Sam. 17:12-51 Symbol: Harp
Solomon: 1 Kings 3:5-14, 16-28 Symbol: Scales of justice
Coloring Activities:
David & the King
David & Goliath
King Solomon

December 9
Readings & Ornaments:
Elijah: 2 Kings 17:2-4, 6; 2 Kings 17-18:21-39 Symbol: Raven
Hezekiah: 2 Kings 20:1-6; 2 Kings 18-20 Symbol: Teardrops
Coloring Activities:
Elijah Praying

December 10
Readings & Ornaments:
Nehemiah: Neh. 2:17; Neh. 1-7 Symbol” Walls of Jerusalem
Raphael: Tobit 11:7-8 Symbol: Fish
Coloring Activities:
Here is a fun maze for the wall of Nehemiah.

December 11
Readings & Ornaments:
Judith: Judith 13:7-10 Symbol: Sword
Esther: Esther 2:17 Symbol: Queens Crown
Coloring Activities:
Esther or this one of Esther meeting the King
December 12
Readings & Ornaments:
Isaiah: Isaiah 7:14 or Ecclesiastes 48:25 Symbol: Scroll
Jeremiah: Jeremiah 30:21-22 Symbol: Stone
Coloring Activities:
Bible & Scroll

December 13
Readings & Ornaments:
Daniel: Daniel 6:12-23 Symbol: Lions
Jonah: Jonah 2:1-2, 11 Symbol: Whale
Coloring Activities:
Daniel in the Lions Den
A Couple other options for Daniel can be found here and here.
here and here.
Jonah & the Whale

December 14
Readings & Ornaments:
Zachary and Elizabeth: Luke 1:11-13 Symbol: Angel
Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25 Symbols: Carpenter’s Saw
Coloring Activities:
I couldn’t find a color page of Zachary & Elizabeth, so we will color a picture of The Visitation.
Here is one of St. Joseph

December 15
Readings & Ornaments:
Mary: Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38 Symbols: Lily
Gabriel: Luke 1:26-38 Symbol: Angel with lily
Coloring Activities:
Picture of Mary out of our Mother of God Coloring Book.
As an option, here is a coloring page with a lily.
Angel Gabriel appears to Mary

December 16
Reading & Ornament:
John the Baptist: Mark 1:1-8 Symbols: Shell with water
Coloring Activities:
St. John Baptizing

On December 17, the Church begins to intensify the preparation for Christmas with the use of the “O” Antiphons during the Liturgy of the Hours. The symbols for the Jesse Tree from December 17 to 23 are based on the “O” Antiphons.

I plan on doing an extra activity or gift instead of a coloring page each day this week based on the selections in Celebrating the Faith in the Home Series. I have quoted the ideas under each date.

December 17
Reading & Ornament:
O Wisdom (Jesus is Wisdom): Sirach 24:2; Symbol: Open book

“Since the symbol for wisdom is a book, one could give a special book, perhaps a family catechism. Or each individual could receive a small, inexpensive prayer book.”

December 18
Reading & Ornament:
O Lord (Jesus is Lord): Ex. 3:2; 20:1 Symbol: Burning bush

Tonight, a fire could be started in the fireplace. The family could gather together and roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate. Or maybe a flaming dessert could be served.”

December 19
Reading & Ornament:
O Flower (Jesus is Flower of Jesse): Isaiah 11:1-3 Symbol: Flower

An obvious choice for this evening is a floral gift. Maybe the family could receive their first poinsettia for the holiday season. Since some translations read, “O root of Jesse,” a special fruit or vegetable could be served–a carrot cake, for example.”

December 20
Reading & Ornament:
O Key (Jesus is Key of David): Isaiah 22:22 Symbol: Key

In the monasteries the monk in charge of the wine cellar would bring forth a special bottle of wine to serve that night. Similarly, you could allow some special treat or priviledge that is normally off limits.”

December 21
O Radiant Dawn (Jesus is the Radiant Dawn): Isaiah 41:25-26 Symbol: Sun rising

Tonight you could have a candlelit dinner… You might also consider taking time this evening fo a walk or a ride to view the Christmas light displays in your community. If your unable to wait until Christmas eve to decorate and light your home, you could do it this night.”

December 22
Reading & Ornament:
O King (Jesus is King of the Gentiles): Psalm 2:7-8; Ephesians 2:14-20 Symbol: Crown

Most little ones love crowns and would be delighted to wear a crown made out of gold or silver for this meal.”

December 23
Reading & Ornament:
O Emmanuel (Jesus is Emmanuel): Isaiah 7:14; 33:22 Symbol: Holy Eucharist.

Emmanuel means “God is with us.” Since Christ is present to us in the Blessed Sacrament, the gift tonight could have the Holy Eucharist as its theme. For example, each member of the family could receive a Holy card with a picture of the Holy Eucharist or a prayer book with prayers to the Blessed Sacrament.”

December 24
Reading & Ornament:
Jesus is Light of the World: John 1:1-14 Symbol:Infant Messiah

Attend Midnight Mass in honor of the Birth of Christ!


  1. Regina

    WOW, thanks for all that info. I feel I should pay you or something for all the work it took 🙂
    Hmmm, I still need my actual tree

  2. Trina

    Just to pass on an idea – last year in addition to the regular Jesse Tree stuff, we also acted out each Bible verse after reading it. The kids requested that we do it again this year. It helped the message sink in a bit more.

  3. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful family with us and this awesome guide through Advent! I’m thrilled to have stumbled on your site and have already shared it.

    I thought I saw printable ornaments that the children can color on your site , but have lost it. Am I crazy? (I’m asking you this b/c you don’t me, anyone who does would surely answer yes!)
    Your felt tree and ornaments are beautiful, I would love to do that next year, but since we’re late, we made a tree on poster board tonight and I’d like to let them color the ornaments tomorrow.

    I found some printable ornaments on another site but they don’t seem to correspond with the readings as well as yours.

  4. Special K

    Jessica, thanks so much!!! I did a google search this afternoon using the words “jesse tree coloring ornaments” and your Advent posting came up as the second site on a list of 6+ pages… you go girl!!!

    You included the links plain as day (guess I should open my eyes when I’m reading! But reading+ mom with baby= tendency to close eyes!)

    The first pdf file w/ the coloring pages seems to be non existent now so I’ll just print out the others (I’ll let my Samuel color the ones from the other site since I promised him he’d be able to color ornaments tomorrow)

    I’m so thankful to have found your site and anxious to explore it.

    Is there a way for me to send you a private message? I’d like to tell you about our sites as well.

  5. Anonymous

    Jessica-Please accept my humble apology for posting so many messages tonight! Is there any way for you to just delete my last message? I tried to open the pdf file again and see now that I had a user error problem the first time, it’s there, I’ve printed. These are GREAT! You’re the best!

    I thought I was posting my last message under my email address but see it linked to a blog page I signed up for but never found the time to do anything with. That is not the site I wanted to share! We’re Roman Catholic as well and wanted to share the links to our sites… however, I’m afraid I’d do them and injustice after my crazy postings tonight! I’m so sorry!

    Thank you again so much for your site, all the info AND the great links! You have blessed our family, may God bless yours!

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Oh don’t worry about it at all Krista!!! 🙂 I’m so glad it is all working out.

    That is so cool that it brings up my post in the Google search.. I just wish it brought up THIS years version instead of last years 🙂

    If you’d like to email me your site, click on “view my complete profile” towards the top in the left sidebar next to the pick rose, and then click on Email in the Contact box on the left. I’d love to see it!

  7. Jessica Gordon

    I just realized that you can also click on my name here in the comments and it will also take you to my profile. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

  8. Anonymous

    …please where can I buy a unicorn?

  9. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and research Jessica! I can't wait to start this beautiful tradition with my family this year!



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