Do we need to be reminded that God is with us, in our midst? Do we need these adjectives to describe Christmas: colorful, sparkly, merry, bright, precious etc.? Lights, candles, trees which are evergreen, stars, bells, holly, peppermint canes etc. What are these symbols representing?
Stars everywhere of all sizes. They represent the star that appeared in the sky when Jesus Christ was born. Stars have a purpose and that is to remind us to follow the light.
Lights and candles are lit. Again, it is symbolic to remind us of him, who is the source of all light.
Trees are lit with light and decorations, gifts are placed underneath. Even before the birth of Christ, evergreen trees represented hope and new life in the coldest winter.
Poinsettias are placed in homes. This plant thrives in winter, and it resembles a star.
Holly also lasts all year round. It is used to remind one of the crown of thorns placed on Christ’s head. The red berry is to remind one of the blood he shed.
Wreaths are made of holly and pine branches. These are hung as welcome, and their round shape represents eternity. They are hung on doors and windows to fill one’s home with joy.
Bells are rung to announce the arrival of the Christmas season. They symbolize the announcement of the birth of Christ.
Candy canes are there to remind one of the staff of the shepherds who visited the Christ child. It is also a reminder that Christ is the good shepherd.
Three gold balls of St Nicholas
Stockings being hung has a magical story. A poor man had three daughters, and they had no dowry. On Christmas eve, St Nicholas threw three gold balls into their threadbare stockings, which were hanging over the fireplace, through the window and the daughters could get married with the bounty. Stockings remind one of service and selfless acts to others.
Gifts are loved by all. Remember the gifts the wise men brought for the Christ child. However, the greatest gift of all came in the form of the Savior of the world from his heavenly father. The gift is to remind one of the Savior.
Who does not love Christmas? Please pause and reflect about the importance of the symbols and how all of us can be guided by them. Remember God is always amidst us.
Love, serve and give.
Aim Hrim Klim