When we put up our tree every year, I use the opportunity to explain what every decoration and ornament symbolizes.
Of course, we have plenty of handmade ornaments that each of my children made. My personal favorites include a baby Jesus in a manger in a walnut shell made by Ryli at age four (she’s now 18) and a handprint ornament of Judson’s little special hand missing four fingers.
Every year as we decorate I explain:
The green on the tree illustrates new life. When Jesus died for us He gave us new life.
The lights remind us that He is the Light of the World.
The pearly garlands symbolize that we are a pearl of great price. Our Lord gave up everything to redeem us!
The golden ornaments exemplifies that He is King, and because of His death we can reign in life!
The red poinsettias are for the blood that He shed. Our salvation is a free gift to us, but it cost him everything.
The white snowflakes my mother crocheted are there to remind us that our sins that were scarlet are washed white as snow.
The bedraggled angel at the top, which David and I purchased our first Christmas together, signifies that we always have angels watching over us.
Our Christmas tree is not just filled with memories, it’s covered in meaning. May you have a blessed Christmas season and remember the greatest gift ever given…the love and life of Christ that bought your freedom.