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This Christmas, let us be reminded of the fact God has provided us with the original tree of life through our Lord Jesus Christ. With God’s tree comes the imperishable, eternal, and unbelievable gifts of God’s grace. It symbolizes the love, hope and eternal life in Christ.
The evergreen fir became the initial Christmas tree of Christianity by Saint Boniface in 722. He was the first person responsible when he left England to convert the Germans to Christianity. A story states that he is said to have come across a group of pagans about to sacrifice a young boy while worshipping an oak tree. In anger, and to stop the sacrifice, St. Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and, to his amazement, a young fir tree sprang up from the roots of the oak tree. He took this as a sign of the Christian faith and his followers decorated the tree with candles so that St. Boniface could preach to the pagans at night.
In the 16th century, Martin Luther brought a tree indoor and decorated it with candles and apples in honor of Christ’s birth. There is a story told that prior to Christmas, he walked through a forest and witnessed the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.
Christmas trees were originally topped with a figure of the Baby Jesus but later changed to angels because they told the shepherds about Jesus.
Whatever legend you wish to pass on, remember that Christmas is the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Have a blessed Christmas and let’s continue to remember what this holiday is really about…..
BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS:
Tinsel: Legend says a poor family wished to decorate their Christmas tree in honor of Jesus, but had nothing to do so. During the night, a spider spun webs across the tree, and the Christ Child turned those threads into silver, to honor the family’s faith.
Bells: Represents joy of Christmas Day. In Christianity the ringing of a bell is a sacred announcement to the presence of Christ at mass.
Candy canes: Shaped like a shepherd’s crook, it symbolizes that Christ is the Good Shepherd; invented by Father Keller using the Keller Machine that automated the process of shaping them.
Poinsettia flowers: Through their shape, reminds all of the Star of Bethlehem; some cultures consider it a symbol of purity.
Wreaths: Just as a wreath is a never-ending circle, so too is the eternal love of the Lord.
Mistletoe: It is neither shrub, nor tree and it grows suspended in the air – a powerful symbol of freedom. It’s considered a sacred plant of peace and a symbol of fertility.
Holly: A symbol of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus on the cross. The berries indicates the blood he shed for all our sins.
Christmas colors of red and green: The color red symbolizes the blood shed by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion; the color green symbolizes the eternal life of Christ.