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  1. Denise
    November 15, 2011

    I see you put a lot of work into this. Thank you for sharing! I especially like that you have a song to accompany each day of the Jesse tree.

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    • Feels Like Home Blog┞¢
      November 15, 2011

      I did. None of the songs repeat. 🙂

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  2. Sami Cone
    November 15, 2011

    Thanks Tara! I’ve just heard about the Jesse Tree advent recently and am excited to read (& put to use) all your hard work!

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    • Feels Like Home Blog┞¢
      November 16, 2011

      Let me know how you like it!

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  3. Kaira
    November 15, 2011

    Thanks, Tara! I just downloaded this and I look forward to using it with my family.
    🙂

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  4. Susan @WhyMommy
    November 15, 2011

    Fascinating – I’m checking it out now!

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  5. Jimmie
    November 16, 2011

    How beautiful! I love the Jessie tree. Thanks for being so generous.

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  6. Jennifer
    November 16, 2011

    I love this! Did you have a source for all of the songs? I know about 75% of them, but the rest I am stumped.

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    • Feels Like Home Blog┞¢
      November 16, 2011

      Most of our songs come from Wee Sing Bible Songs. I should put a link to that in the ebook. We love that CD.

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  7. Carolyn
    November 16, 2011

    THANK YOU!! I stumbled upon the Jesse Tree idea a few days ago and was considering buying the devotional book on Amazon. It is only $10, but every little bit adds up after a while, especially at this time of year. So I was VERY excited to see this free download!! Thank you soooo much again!!

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    • Feels Like Home Blog┞¢
      November 16, 2011

      You are very welcome. I wasn’t impressed with the book I got on Amazon. 🙁

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  8. Susan
    November 26, 2011

    LOVELY!! I’m over the moon for your excellent e-book. I didn’t know about Jesse Trees until recently and was debating just waiting until next year. Your e-book helped me to get ready to go right away. I too, have small children and this is the best fit! Thank you so much. As an aside: I wanted to share a formating blip I see on my end. Starting with Day 24, the day’s text and picture begins on the page before. Day 23 is on page 40 and so is the first part of Day 24. I’m running windows and looked at the file in both Adobe Reader and Foxit. If you happen to see it on your end too and make an update, please let me know via email as I’d love those last 4 days each on their own page. Thank you for blessing my family with your efforts.

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    • Feels Like Home Blog┞¢
      November 27, 2011

      A friend emailed me about that last week and I fixed it. If you download it again, it should be okay. You’ll know it’s the new one because the filename has a 1 at the end. 🙂

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      • Susan
        November 27, 2011

        Tara, Thank you for the update and for your blessings to my family. Merry Christmas!

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  9. gail
    November 27, 2011

    this sounds like just what i was looking for…thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. Susan @WhyMommy
    November 28, 2011

    Tara, this is wonderful. I’ve just read through it all, being a little behind on finding readings for our advent devotionals, and I’m really impressed. My boys love Bible stories about *people* – this sounds just right.

    Thank you so much for compiling and sharing this book with us! Have you thought about posting it on the Kindle store (free is ok) or elsewhere for a broader distribution and ministry?

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  11. Kristina
    November 29, 2011

    Tara, that you so much for your wonderful E-book. I love how you tailored it towards an young audience. It has been super easy to use. It must have taken an incredible amount of work. Thank you so much for your work and your generosity. I just posted about our Jesse Tree and a blurb about your E-book. (http://mommyingmonkeys.blogspot.com/2011/11/our-jesse-tree.html)

    Thank you.

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  12. Bethany B.
    December 4, 2011

    Thank you so, so much for putting this together! I had planned on going through Ann Voskamp’s devotional this year, but it is a bit advanced for my preschooler 🙂 so we’re filing that away and using yours!

    Thank you again so much!!

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  13. Liz
    December 7, 2011

    Thank you so much for putting this together! Our family is really enjoying working through this each night.

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  14. Tauna
    December 8, 2011

    Just found this resource through a post on stringer mama. I’m going to switch to using this for my kids as we go through the Jesse tree this year! Thanks!

    http://www.stringermama.com/2011/12/resources-for-keeping-christ-in.html

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  15. Jenny
    July 15, 2012

    This is amazing!! heard about the Jesse Tree several years ago, before kids, and wanted to do it. But, i haven’t been able to find anything that was geared toward my small children. We’ll definatly be using this resource this christmas!!

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  16. Counting Coconuts
    November 30, 2012

    Thank you SO much for this!

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  17. Sarah
    December 2, 2012

    Thank you so much for this! I can tell how much hard work you put in.

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  18. Felicia Kresnadi
    November 4, 2013

    I’ve been looking for something like this to do with my children and I found you, thank you so much for all you’ve done! I wish many more blessings from God pour on you as you have blessed so many others with your work.

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  19. Jaurie Wells
    November 13, 2013

    THANK YOU!

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  20. Michelle
    November 14, 2013

    Thank You for sharing this! It looks great! I too have been building our advent calendar over several years and have run into different snags. But now I just like to mix it up a little, follow different verses from year to year. Thank you again- this will help us “mix it up”!

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  21. Theresa Patterson
    November 20, 2013

    Thank you so much for this I have an in home Christian daycare. We will use this and I will use this with my family.
    Blessings.

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  22. Jackie
    November 20, 2013

    How did you use the ornament patterns? Did you trace them onto the felt or something? I’m not very artistic so I know I can’t freehand that haha.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      November 20, 2013

      I should make this into a whole blog post.

      I have almost no drawing skills, so here’s what I did.

      I printed out the line drawings from the Reformed Church of America. (That link is in the ebook.) I cut those line drawings into pieces, and I traced the pieces onto the felt, with a dark marker on the light-colored felts and a white chalk pencil on the dark-colored felts. That allowed me to cut the pieces of felt and put them back together like a puzzle. I cut a large circle of felt for the background and a matching circle for the back of the ornament. I used felt glue (a very good buy since it doesn’t soak into the felt like normal glue would) to glue the puzzle-pieced picture onto the background and did any embroidery that I thought was appropriate (either before I glued or while the glue was still wet; you can’t embroider through dried glue). I let that dry completely, then I put a thin line of glue around the edge of the back piece of the ornament, pressed the front onto it, and stitched around the edge while the glue was still wet.

      My ornaments have lasted through four Christmases so far, and they still look as awesome as when I made them.

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  23. Chrissy
    November 22, 2013

    Thank you so much! Truly a blessing! I am not crafty at all, wishing there was somewhere to purchase the ornaments…. (hehehehe, just saying…..) I will think of a way…. Again thank you so much for the ebook! God Bless!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      November 24, 2013

      Thank you! Many people have told me that I should make and sell the ornaments, but I am not up for that. They really are a ton of work. I have seen people on Etsy selling them, though. Check there or just print out my pictures or the ones from the Reformed Church of America.

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  24. Phoebe T.
    November 27, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love the songs, too. 🙂

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  25. Allison
    November 29, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this. Just downloaded and am very excited to use!

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  26. Shannn
    November 30, 2013

    Thank you for your work putting this together!

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  27. Carolyn
    December 2, 2013

    I was glad to see this here. Our family has been doing the Jesse Tree since my children were small (youngest is now 30) and my husband and I still do it during our prayer time in Advent. For years we used a live Norfolk Pine until it bit the dust (literally) then I sewed a simple hanging quilt with a green felt tree on it. We are still using our original ornaments, paper ones colored and cut out by the children and glued to variously shaped colored poster board.
    Some of our symbols are different, but the story is there. Thank you for spreading the story.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      December 2, 2013

      That sounds wonderful! I would love to see your quilt and ornaments! If you have photos, I would love for you to share them on my Facebook page or by email.

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  28. Elda
    December 2, 2013

    Thank you so much!! I love that you included songs for each day 🙂 That is so helpful 🙂 God Bless You for your wonderful gifts.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      December 2, 2013

      You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy it!

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  29. Erika
    December 2, 2013

    Thank you for this awesome resource! I teach in a Catholic school and am going to use this with my students starting tomorrow!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      December 2, 2013

      Great! I’d love for you to share a picture of your finished Jesse Tree on my Facebook page!

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  30. Sarah
    December 3, 2013

    Thanks so much for putting all of this together & giving it away for free! It takes SO much work, especially with little ones. God bless you so much! This is what we needed to do the Jesse Tree this year. THANK YOU!

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  31. Alysson
    December 5, 2017

    I can’t find where to download your ebook for the Jesse Tree. Can you help me find it? Thank you so much! This is just so holy and beautiful! God bless you!

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      December 5, 2017

      Normally, you would put your email address in the form at the bottom of the page and receive a download link by email, but when I saw your comment, I checked it out and my store is not working. I’ll let you know when it’s back up and running.

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