The 9 Forgotten Symbols of Christmas

Over the years, the power of secular and commercialized media in record companies, radio stations, television, cinemas and now the Internet have played a part in changing the traditional Christmas symbols we once celebrated. Although Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have wonderful messages of love and acceptance of diversity, the real symbols of Christmas are beginning to fade away into history.

The Christmas season is wrapped in forgotten Christian symbols where each symbols tells a story of hope, love and the ultimate gift given to us. Take some time with your children and family members during the Christmas holiday to remind them what this season is really about. Help them keep these symbols alive.

  1. Fir Tree – The pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year long. This symbolizes the everlasting hope of mankind. All the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.
  2. The star was a heavenly promise from long ago. God promised a savior for the world, and the star was the fulfillment of that promise.
  3. The wreath symbolizes the nature of true love. Real love never ceases, like God’s love which has no beginning and no end.
  4. Santa Claus represents the generosity and kindness we feel during the month of December.
  5. The holly leaf represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Saviour, and the red holly represents the blood shed by Him.
  6. Gifts are a representation of the ultimate gift God gave the world – His son. And we should thank God for his precious gift.
  7. The candy cane represents the shepherd’s hook. The crook of the staff helps to bring back lost sheep to the flock.
  8. Angels announced the news of the birth of Jesus. The angels sang, “Glory to God in the Highest, on earth peace and good will towards men.”
  9. Bells represent the sound that sheep would here to help them find their way back to the herd. The bell symbolizes guidance and return and it reminds us that we are all precious in eyes of God.

When all we have have is hope, we must remind each other why this season is so important. It’s not about how many gifts that are under the tree, how bright our yards light up at night or how pretty our homes are decorated. Christmas is a season that reminds us that miracles are all around us and that we can always fall upon hope to carry us through just a little longer.

by Tess Pennington

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