The Meaning Behind Christmas Decorations

       Have you ever wondered why Christmas trees are always evergreens or why people hang wreaths and other decorations during the Christmas season?  Or is it just another part of Christmas to you? Well, whether you wanted to know or not here are some meanings behind Christmas decorations.

 

The Christmas Wreath:

Just as there is no end to the wreath, there is no end to God's love for us.  Also, it is made of evergreen branches; they're green all the time.  God never stops loving us.

 

 

 

The Candy Cane:

The candy cane is like a shepherd's staff. Just as a shepherd uses his staff to guide his sheep, Jesus is our guide and we follow him; He is always watching over us. Also, the red stripes on the white cane signify the blood He spilled for us when He died on the cross to save us from our sins.  The white is for His purity.

 

 

 

Christmas Lights and the Star on Top of the Tree:

The bright lights and star remind us of the star the wise men followed to find baby Jesus in Bethlehem.  Jesus is "the light of the world." John 8:12 (Bible)

 

 

 

 

 

The Evergreen Christmas Tree:

Evergreens stay green all year long, this is a reminder of the eternal life with God we will have in heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Bells:

 

Going back to the shepherd analogy; each sheep in a shepherd's fold wore a bell so that the shepherd could find it if it wandered off.  This reminds us of the wonderful truth that Jesus wants all of the "lost" to be "found" and that He wants to save everyone and that He will never stop "looking" for us.

 

Holly:

The pointy holly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns Jesus wore as He hung on the cross as He died to save us from our sins.  The red berries remind us of His blood.

 

 

 

Gifts and the True Meaning of Christmas:

Most importantly, gifts remind us of the greatest gift ever given- God's gift to all mankind- His Son Jesus!  They also remind us of the precious gifts given to baby Jesus by the wise men.

 

 

 

     So there you have it! The meaning of decorations and the true meaning of the holiday they are a part of.  Here is a playlist I put together on Spotify of modern renditions of classic Christmas hymns.

 

 

How about you? What decorations do you put up for the holidays?  If you have any other meanings behind decorations, by all means add it! Even if you don't celebrate Christmas you're welcome to comment about your religious traditions/decorations!

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Comment by Jessica Peterson on January 2, 2013 at 1:42pm

This is a super interesting blog post! I feel as though a lot of people can be swept up in the holidays and forget the true meaning of things or why we celebrate. It would be cool to learn about symbols of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa and then even if they don't necessarily correlate there are probably some similarities in these winter celebrations. 

Comment by Timothy Chin on January 4, 2013 at 1:13pm
Too much of the meaning of Christmas has been swept away by things like Santa Claus or presents. Society often forgets the true Christian meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Excellent blog post!
Comment by Jennifer Sun on January 4, 2013 at 3:57pm

Thanks for reminding us the meaning behind Christmas. I think our society now looks at Christmas as the holiday we get days off and receive presents. Also Christmas starts ludicrously early now, almost right after Halloween, Christmas shopping starts and decorations are up. Christmas should be a time we appreciate what's given to us, not a holiday we celebrate for granted.

Comment by Nicole Degla on January 4, 2013 at 4:14pm
Great blog post! I think that Christmas has become very commercialized and so many people forget what Christmas is really about. I thought it was very interesting to hear where so many Christmas decorations originally came from that we see year after year.
Comment by Marie-Laure Mbi on January 4, 2013 at 4:29pm

Really great reminder of what Christmas really is! 

Some of these meanings I never actually knew, because my family doesn't really put up Christmas decorations, but we're still festive in the way that we celebrate Christmas for what it really is by remembering & celebrating the birth of Jesus. I also really like that playlist you put together! Even though it's past Christmas, I still enjoy listening to these songs as they are a constant reminder of what Christmas really is about. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Joey Uhrich on January 4, 2013 at 9:05pm

Wow! I never knew why so many of these Christmas traditions came to be. This just makes you think that is we don't know why we are using these decorations, then to some extent, we don't know why we are celebrating Christmas. Nice blog!

Comment by Jenna Schneider on January 4, 2013 at 11:55pm
I never even thought that Christmas decorations might have meanings behind them. Decorations have always just been part of the holiday season. This was a really interesting blog!
Comment by Robert Giagnorio on January 6, 2013 at 2:00pm

This was very interesting because I always noticed these decorations but never thought about what they meant. It makes me curious what decorations for other holidays could represent.

Comment by Amulia Nambiar on January 7, 2013 at 8:02pm

Great Blog post Ally! I never really knew the symbolism behind all the decorations!

Comment by Cindy Son on January 7, 2013 at 8:37pm

This was a very insightful blog post. In particular I found the  meaning behind the candy cane to be very intriguing. 

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