Next we chose purple glitter pom poms, purple feathers and silver and gold doves and trees we purchased previously for another project. We chose Purple because it was the color of royalty in Jesus time.
To decorate the tree I went to Walmart and we found purple jewel ornaments ($8) and silver twists ($2.98) and gold Angels trumpeting ($2.98) and some white, silver and purple ribbon ($12). I made purple ribbon bows to place around the tree (here is an easy video tutorial of how to make your own bows http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDcvdYQWOaw) after I wrapped the tree with white and silver ribbons (twisting as I wrapped the tree). Again, we chose the colors of royalty to signify Christ's position as King of Kings.
We add a gift under the Jesus Tree.
We began this "gift for Jesus" tradition when my son was an infant. Inside this gift are hearts with handprints for each child from every Christmas. Each year we add a new hand print with the date. Written on the outside of the box we place them in, it says "To: Jesus From: Mason and Sarah -I give my heart and hands this Christmas to you for your service in the coming year." They like to look at their handprints and see how much they've grown! We pray that God will use them to glorify himself in the coming year and show them ways they can serve him being his hands and feet to a hurting world.
Lastly, we place the Nativity scene under our "Jesus Tree"!