The Chrismon Tree

The Chrismon Tree

Chrismons are Christmas decorations with Christian symbols on them to help us remember that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. The word, Chrismon, itself, is a combination of Christ and monogram (meaning symbol). They are often used to decorate a tree like the one in our sanctuary. Traditionally colored white and gold; white is the liturgical color for Christmas symbolizing Jesus’ purity and gold symbolizing his majesty and glory. Many Chrismons have been created by faithful people and I thought I might share some of them with you. (Now you have something to look for during the sermon!)

The Cross symbolizes that Jesus died on a Cross for the forgiveness of sin.

The Irish or Celtic Cross is a cross with a circle in the middle to symbolize eternity.

The Jerusalem Cross, worn by the crusaders going to Jerusalem in the middle ages symbolizes the Four Gospels in the Bible, the spread of the Gospel to the four corners of the earth and/or the five wounds of Jesus on the cross.

The Anchor Cross reminds Christian's that Jesus is the anchor of their faith.

The Fish is one of the oldest Christian faith symbols.

Alpha and Omega, the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet symbolize Jesus as the beginning and end of all things.

The Chi-Rho (looks like a 'P' with an 'X' on top of it) is the first two letters of the Greek word 'Christos' which means Christ.

The Star of David, sometimes called the Star of Creation, is a symbol that Jesus was a Jew and a descendant of King David.

A Five Pointed Star represents the five wounds of Jesus on the cross.

The Nativity Star is a symbol for both the Star of Bethlehem and the arrival of the Magi.

The Crown symbolizes Jesus as king and ruler over heaven and the earth.

The Shepherd's Staff points to Jesus calling himself a shepherd and the shepherds who were the first people told about the birth of Jesus.

The Scroll represents the Bible.

The Dove, a symbol of peace and the Holy Spirit is shown pointing down to represent the Holy Spirit that appeared as a Dove when Jesus was baptized.

The Lamp and The Candle both represent Jesus as the Light of the World.

The Shell is a symbol for baptism.

The Keys are a symbol for the Church throughout the world.

The Ship is also a symbol of the Church, sailing towards heaven.

The Angel represents the angels who told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus.

The Lamb is a symbol for Jesus who is sometimes called 'The Lamb of God'.

The Butterfly is a symbol for transformation and the immortal soul.

The Heart is a symbol of love and reminds Christians that God is love.

The Lion is a symbol for Jesus who is sometimes called 'The Lion of Judah'.

The White Rose is a symbol for purity and can represent Mary.

Come see the tree!