Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Do you know what your Christmas decorations mean?

I get super excited each time the holiday season comes around to put up our decorations- pick our tree, add lights , candy canes and a star on top. Put up our wreath, add a bell to our door. The works! But do you ever wonder where these traditions come from? Or what their meaning is? Here is some background on a few of the main Christmas decorations and traditions:

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 that 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 neverending eternal value of love… having no end.

Merry Christmas!


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