Decorating for Christmas is a huge part of the holidays for Christians. Everywhere you turn you see bright lights, stars, bells, bows, candles, Christmas Trees and more. Whether or not you are Christian, you might be curious about some of symbols behind the holiday which are intended to help remember Jesus. Have fun sharing some of these Fun Facts with your family.
Bells - In churches that have a Bell or Bells, they are often rung to signal the start of the service.
Bows - The wisemen who brought their gifts to honor the birth of Jesus inspired the concept of giving gifts during the holidays; they brought gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus. It is said that A ribbon (bow) is tied around a gift to represent how people should all be tied together in bonds of unity and goodwill during the holiday season.
Candles - Christmas lights are thought to remind us that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World. Candles can also remind us to be lights to others and to find your way to Christ. A candle is also a symbol representing the star of Bethlehem.
Candy Canes - The white portion of this candy symbolizes the purity of the Christmas season. Red stripes are symbolic of the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we may have eternal life. The candy is formed into a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, others believe it is formed in the shape of a shepherd's hook. The red stripe represents blood, Christ's sacrifice, and the white stands for his purity.
Colors of Christmas - Most of the colors and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it's dark and cold.
Evergreen Trees - Christians use evergreens as a symbol of everlasting life with God. The triangular shape of an Evergreen Tree is believed to be symbolic of the holy trinity.
Mistletoe - Mistletoe was a symbol of love and friendship in Norse Mythology, which is where kissing under the Mistletoe comes from.
Stars - The Christmas star symbolizes the star of Bethlehem, which according to the Biblical story, guided the three kings, or wise men, to the baby Jesus. The star is also symbolic of the shining hope for humanity.
Wreaths- The wreath is a circular, never-ending symbol of eternal love and rebirth. Holly also stands for immortality and cedar for strength. Today, the wreath symbolizes generosity, giving, and the gathering of family.
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