Today I thought we would explore the meaning behind a couple more traditional Christmas decorations.
The circular shape represents eternity with no beginning and no end. The evergreen color, as with the Christmas tree, signifies eternal life.
Christmas wreaths are typically made from pine or holly branches. In the case of holly branches, the leaves have thorns representative of the thorns in the crown placed on Jesus’ head before his crucifixion. The red holly berries remind us of the blood He shed when He paid the ultimate sacrifice and died for our sins. (Information gathered from holidayinsights.com.)
(Credit for this image goes to www.giftlebanon.com.)
Mexican legend also tells the story of a little girl who wept on her way to church on Christmas Eve because she had no gift to bring. As she knelt on the ground to pray, she saw the red beauty of the plant and took it to the Christ child as her gift. (Thank you to Rev. Eric Stroshine and wilstar.com for this information.)
I haven’t yet gotten myself a poinsettia this year. I think I need to go in search of one tomorrow.