Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Christmas!


From the Austins!


So the other night at our Young Women's activity we went through the symbols of Christmas, it was really neat to be reminded of why all of these things are representative of Christmas and Christ.  I thought I'd list them here...
  • Color Red: The color red symbolizes the Savior's sacrifice for us. It is for the blood He spilt for us.
  • Color Green: The color green symbolizes eternal life--life everlasting.
  • Color White: The color white symbolizes the purity of Christ.
  • Color Gold: The color gold symbolizes the royalty of Christ.
  • The Star: the star is representative of the star that shone at the birth of Christ, fulfilling prophecy. The star marked the place where Christ lay, and is the shining hope of all mankind.
  • The Evergreen Tree: Also known as the fir tree...your Christmas tree! This tree represents everlasting life. It is green all year round. Evergreen needles also point up to Heaven. This tree can also symbolize the Jesse Tree; Jesse was the father of King David. Christ is from that lineage.
  • The Bell: Shepherds ring bells to guide lost sheep back to the fold. Remember the parable of the lost sheep; the Shepherd searches for one lost even when he has his ninety-and nine (99). The bell symbolizes that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord. Bells are also rung in celebration for the birth of Christ.
  • The Candle: The candle is a smaller representation for star light. This reflects our gratitude for the star of Bethlehem.
  • The Lights: The lights represent that Jesus is the light of the world.
  • The Gift Bow: The gift bow represents that we should all be tied together in bonds of goodwill.
  • The Candy Cane: The candy cane represents the shape of a shepherd's crook. This crook is used to bring lost lambs back to the fold. The colors (red and white) are used purposefully (see color symbols above). If you turn the candy cane upside down, it makes a J, for Jesus.
  • The Wreath: The wreath has a couple of meanings. One thing to note is that it is round--circular. It is a symbol of the never ending...never ending love, as well as the never ending Lord. He is the beginning and the end.
  • The Holly: One interpretation for Holly represents the crown of thorns. Holly was introduced as a Christmas item in order to eclipse the use of mistletoe.
  • The Angel: This is quite obvious, but the angel represents the angels who proclaimed the birth of the Savior.
  • The Poinsettia: The poinsettia is representative of the Star of Bethlehem.

 I hope you all have an amazing and safe holiday filled with love and family!!

[photo credit to my sister, Brittain]
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