Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Symbols and What They Mean

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Do you know what all the symbols of Christmas are?  It's easy to forget that all the lights, tinsel, and presents have a reason for being a part of Christmas.  Bells, stars, evergreen trees, wreaths, angels, holly, and even Santa Claus are a magical part of Christmas because of their symbolism and special meaning.  Each Christmas season, I try to teach a little of this holiday symbolism to my kidlets.  There's no wrong way to teach it.  Sometimes it's just while we decorate.  I try to find teaching moments to share the meaning of Christmas with them.  For me, knowing there is a deeper meaning to all of the holiday hubbub brings me greater purpose and greater peace during Christmas.

One of the ways I try to teach my kids the symbols of Christmas is to fill my house with them.  I ordered these beautiful pewter handcrafted ornaments from Wendell August.  They are made in the USA and come are dressed up in little boxes.  Each ornament has the meaning of the the Christmas symbol on the back.  I loved them at first sight.  A perfect way to add the true spirit of the season to our Christmas tree.

10 Symbols of Christmas and What They Mean

1. Angels  

The angels proclaimed the news of the Savior's birth.  They sang, "Glory to God in the highest" and proclaimed the good news on that first Christmas night.

2.  Bells

Bells ring out to guide lost sheep back to the fold.  The Christmas bell signifies that all are precious in His eyes and He will help you.

3.  Evergreen Trees

The evergreen Christmas tree stays green all year and reminds us of the everlasting hope and life eternal.  Because of Jesus Christ we can have eternal life. It also points up to heaven reminding us to look to God in all things.

4. Gifts

The Christmas gift reminds us of how God gave us the gift of His Son and that Jesus Christ gave us the greatest gift of all.  Giving gifts is meant to be a symbol of love and kindness and remembrance of the gift of eternal life made possible by the Savior.

5. Holly

The holly plant represents immortality, as well as the crown of thorns worn by our Savior.  The red holly berries represent the blood shed by Him for us.

6. Wreath

The Christmas wreath is a symbol of the never ending love of God--having no beginning and no ending.  Wreaths are in circles made with evergreen which symbolizes eternal life.

7.  Santa Claus 

St. Nicholas went from home to home giving gifts and celebrating the Savior by showing love as he did.  He wears red, the first color of Christmas.  He brings good will and love to all, like the Savior.

8.  Candles

The Christmas candle reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.  He is the light we should follow and through Him we will find our way in the darkness of life.

9. Candy Cane

The candy cane is in the shape of a shepherd's crook used to bring lost lambs back to the fold.  The Savior is often thought of as the Good Shepherd, guiding us back to His fold.  The white on the candy cane represents the purity of Jesus, and the red stripes symbolize the blood He shed for us.

10. Star

The Christmas star represents the first star of Bethlehem that shone on the night Jesus was born.  It also symbolizes the Christ is the light of the world and is a shining hope to all mankind.

Did I forget any symbols of Christmas?  What other ones can you think of?

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