The Emblems of Christmas
The holiday season embellishes your home with Christmas decorations. Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, ornaments, tableware, lights, stockings, and other holiday accents can transform any space into a festive wonderland. Christmas decorations are typically put up in late November or early December, A Christmas decoration is any of several types of ornamentation used at Christmas time.
Fir trees, the most common Christmas trees, symbolize the celebration of the Lord as all. Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. The interior of a home may be decorated with these plants, along with garlands and evergreen foliage. These often come with small ornaments tied to the delicate branches, and sometimes with a small light set.
Outdoor Christmas light displays on houses evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Outdoor Christmas light displays bring both joy and a competitive spirit out of people across the world as Christmas approaches every year.
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Tree-toppers can take any form, but the most popular tree topper is the star, which was also a key component in the Biblical Nativity. Other less common tree-toppers include paper rosettes, ribbon bows, Father Christmases or Santa Clauses, Christian crosses, Christmas owls, and sunbursts.
Symbolically wreaths, like wedding bands, are circularly shaped showing eternal love with no beginning or end. The word ‘wreath‘ is derived from an English word meaning to twist, such as in a circle. Some believe that initially wreaths were hung on doors in Ancient Rome to represent victory. In Christianity, the Christmas wreath was used to symbolize Christ.
A candy cane or peppermint stick is a cane-shaped stick candy, it is traditionally white with red stripes and flavored with peppermint, but is also made in a variety of other flavors and colors. It was to symbolically represent the shepherd’s staff. They are used to gently guide wandering sheep back to the fold and to defend helpless sheep from attacking wolves and lions. They are white because Jesus was born a virgin and lived without sin. Three small red stripes represent the stripes on his back that heal us. One large red stripe represents the blood of the Cross which saves us.
We see the bow as safely keeping the gift together with its holder as we are safe in the hands of Christ. The bow seals the gift and only one who is worthy is able to open the bow and reveal the gift inside.
The ringing of bells Symbolically: shepherds ring bells to call lost sheep back to the fold. Moreover, shepherds will put bells around the necks of sheep that keep getting lost to make them easier to find so Bells are also ancient symbols of protection. We use bells with bows to decorate our homes and Christmas trees.
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The tradition of giving presents at Christmas has roots that go back as far as the Nativity story, whereupon the Three Wise Men gave gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus. Giving gifts is one way we show our love for each other.
Tinsel is mainly used to decorate Christmas trees; it can also be hung from ceilings or walls. Tinsel was also created in Germany, where it was originally made from thin strips of beaten silver. It was added to Christmas trees to enhance the flickering of the candles on the tree.
Candles represent man’s living spirit and the glory of Christ living within him. Candles were attached to the end of tree branches with wax or pins and were adhered to the tree to represent shining stars.
Get into the festive spirit, start decorating the outside and inside of your home, put up the Christmas Tree, do some Christmas baking. Put the gifts under the Christmas tree and open them on Christmas day.
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