For a many years I have had to contend annually with some who seem to have a problem with many of the traditional Symbols of Christmas. I have usually brushed them off as being to ridiculous to contend with. In recent months, as I prepared for Christmas, I have given more thought to the Symbols of Christmas and decided I would "look into those things" on a more serious level. It seems the primary concern has been that many of the symbols were used in various cultures in idol worship. Here I have hastened to respond with, "They also used water, but, has anyone ever suggested we not use water?" But on a more direct approach I will now consider the relevance of each of the various Symbols used at this time of year, called Christmas Season, or the Advent. The Apostle Paul urges us to "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Tim. 2:15. NKJV. The KJV reads, "Study to show thy self approved . . . " 

      Each symbol highlights an important aspect of the Gospel Story. They give us a touchstone to help tell the message to others.
POINSETTIA - The botanical name assigned to this plant is Euphorbia pulcherrima. It means, "very beautiful." The first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, wandering the countryside in Mexico, found this beautiful shrub with large, red flowers. He to cuttings back to his greenhouse in South Carolina. Historian William Prescott named the plant in honor of the Ambassador, POINSETTIA.  As a decoration, the flower adds great beauty to any sanctuary. They remind us of the beauty Christ brings into our lives and into our world. 

 CANDLE - Christ urged His disciples to understand, "I am the light of the world." Candles have long symbolized the light which can pierce the deepest darkness, no matter how dark. One candle can light many more candles. We who have experience the light, spread the light. Christ is our endless light. 


CHRISTMAS TREE - Perhaps the most familiar of all Christmas symbols, both in and out of the church, is the Christmas Tree. When I was in Fifth Grade in school, we were taught that a German, attempting to describe to his children how beautiful the Star of Bethlehem must have been, beautifully decorated a conifer tree. When the Christmas holiday is so thoroughly secularized, it is appropriate and spiritual for us to help each other turn our attention toward Christ.

 BELLS - Bells rings out to guide lost sheep back to the fold. They signify that all are precious in His eyes, and that Jesus will help us when our lives get difficult.


 CANDY CANE - Represents the shape of the shepherd's staff, used to bring lost lambs back to the fold. Reminds us we are our brother's keeper.



WREATH - God is the Alpha and Omega - the First and the Last - is Everlasting. The circle of the wreath, like God's love is endless, never stopping, with no beginning and no end.



 GARLAND - Even before the birth of Christ the evergreen or conifer, was used was as an emblem of eternal life. Now as a Christian symbol, it reminds us that the true source of eternal life is in Jesus Christ.



    Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.



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