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.
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.
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:
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!