Friday, December 18, 2009

O Christmas Tree. O Christmas Tree.

I love Christmas! And I was so excited about decorating our first Christmas tree. In my head it was going to look like a charlie brown Christmas tree decorated with popcorn strands and cranberries. Thankfully, my in-laws let us raid their attic where we accumulated enough Christmas lights to decorate the entire apartment complex (apparently it takes 7 strands of lights to decorate a tree correctly, oh the joys of being married to a perfectionist). Our first Christmas tree turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined! *single tear*

So what does the Christmas tree symbolize? Well I thought to make this a readable post I should include some theology and insight on the Christmas tree. A long story short..It has something to do with Martin Luther..maybe..couldn't quite figure it out. There is also some symbolism...which may or may not be true. But I thought I'd list them here just for fun.

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-The color red: symbolizes the Savior's sacrifice

-The Fir tree:

  • Evergreen-shows everlasting light and life.

  • The needles point up toward heaven.

  • Triangular shape represents the trinity

-The star on top of the tree: The star of Bethlehem.

*But we have a bow so I'll say the bow represents that Christ is the ultimate gift.

-The lights: heaven (I guess it's good we have a whole lot of them:)

-The gifts: charity, love, celebrating Christ's love and ultimate gift

*Please note, these symbolisms have been taken from websites that are not reliable. I have also modified them to my liking. If anyone has any symbolism that you would like to share with me I would love that! Also if you actually want to read a good post on the meaning of the Christmas tree visit this site.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"I know nothing, except what everyone knows--if there when Grace dances, I should dance." -W. H. Auden