Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Meaning Behind the Christmas Tree

As I was rocking Ellie to sleep I found myself looking at our Christmas tree and asking myself the reason for putting up a tree each year. I can always remember putting up a Christmas tree from the time I was a child and Christmas just wouldn’t feel the same without one. So what exactly does a Christmas tree symbolize? Here is what I found:

The Star: A heavenly sign of prophecy fulfilled long, long ago- The shining hope of mankind.
The Color Red: The first color of Christmas, symbolizing the Savior's sacrifice for all.
The Fir Tree: Evergreen- the second color of Christmas shows everlasting light and life. The needles point up to heaven.
The Bell: Rings out to guide lost sheep back to the fold, signifying that all are precious in His eyes.
The Candle: A mirror of starlight, reflecting our thanks for the star of Bethlehem.
The Gift Bow: Tied as we should all be tied together in bonds of goodwill forever.
The Candy Cane: Represents the shape of the shepherd's crook, used to bring lost lambs back to the fold.
The Wreath: A symbol of the never ending eternal value of love… having no end.
The Christmas lights: A symbol of Jesus, Who is the Light of the World.
The Angel: A symbol of the angel who announced the birth of the Savior!
The Ornaments- Reflects the lights on the tree, just as we as followers of Christ are supposed to reflect the love of Christ.

As you put up your Christmas tree each year, I hope it has new meaning and significance to you as I know it will for me.

Matthew 2:9,10
When they had heard the king, they departed;
and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east,
went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Luke 2:10,11
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day, in the city of David,
a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

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