The Christmas tree is by far the number one Christian sign that the holiday season is near! Have you ever wondered what the Christmas tree means to Christians and our faith? Why as Christians do we have this tradition of putting up and decorating a tree every year?
There are so many stories and legends as to why we put up a Christmas tree. However, Christians worldwide would agree that the real reason we put a Christmas tree is for Jesus.
– The tree is made of wood, and the cross was made of wood.
– We cut evergreen and fir trees down and stake them in our home. This represents the honor we have for the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
-We decorate our tree with strands of lights. Jesus is our light and way. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. John 8:12
– We decorate our tree with red and green colors. The red symbolizes Jesus’ blood he shed for our sins at the cross. The green represents everlasting life and light. Gold and silver are the colors of royalty. King Jesus has invited all of us to his kingdom in heaven for eternity.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3
-The bells hung on our Christmas trees represent the announcement of the birth of Jesus.
- -The tinsel wrapped around the tree with care represents Jesus wrapping his arms around his children, bringing love and peace to us.
- -The gifts placed around the foot of the Christmas tree represent the gifts the Wise Men brought to baby Jesus to celebrate the Good News. Giving gifts shows our love and compassion for one another. The same love and compassion Jesus, our Savior, feels for us.
Jesus is the reason for the season, and God smiles as we prepare for a Joyous Celebration! So every time you look at your Christmas tree this holiday season, you now know why we decorate a tree each year.