This year I found a very vibrant and colourful tree, different, unusual are all words that come to mind. But I like it. It has the vibrant primary colours with pink and purple. So I envisoned ornaments hanging from it, wired on.
When I picked up my Jesse Tree layby I look around for suitable ornaments, couldn't be round balls, they wouldn't sit right...then I spied the perfect thing...three dimensional, flat shaped stars in the perfect advent purple and pink.
I have used left over beading wire in gold and gold crimps to attach the ornaments securely to the tree. There are 17 purple ornaments and 7 pink - the pink will be for the Gaudete week, mirroring the candles on the Advent Wreath.
This is how the tree looked when I bought it. I wanted something that I could use over and over again, but that there COULD be a yearly, new craft element to it. So I decided I would buy round, white stickers that will fit in the center of each star. Before they are stuck on, a child will draw the Jesse Tree symbol for that day and colour it.
Next year, I can stick a new lot over the top allowing the children to use their creative art skills anew. I can swivel the ornament so the plain, shiny side is showing, when the day for it to be displayed with an image arrives, it can be swivelled around as the sticker would have been on the back, so I can have the children do their colouring/drawing activities in advance, if need be. (Often it is.)
I will sit this Jesse Tree on our Advent Altar.